Day 26

Jesus Promises the Spirit

from the John reading plan

John 16:1-33, Isaiah 32:14-18, Joel 2:28-29, Romans 8:12-17

BY Kara Gause

To parent is to watch a child grow more independent, so that one day, they’ll live healthy, productive lives of their own. Independence, autonomy, self-sufficiency—these are the goals, at least in Western culture. But not so in the upside-down kingdom of God. If anything, the point is to grow more and more dependent upon our Father. Living under the delusion of self-sufficiency can keep us from being truly productive for the kingdom, which was never meant to be done without the King. We’ve been down that road only to find that apart from Him, there’s really nothing good to be found (Genesis 3, Psalm 16:2). 

Thankfully, God’s pursuit of us and His glory never stops; the logistics just become far more complicated. After the fall and without the sacred space of the garden, there was nowhere for God and His people to safely commune. A new sacred space would have to be set apart, so that no space—whether by sin or deception—would stand between Him and us. From creation to the garden, tabernacle to temple, from Jesus Christ Himself to each one of us as members of His Body, sacred space has been where God’s holy presence safely dwells with His people. 

Now, imagine losing His presence. 

I can picture His disciples sitting there before Him, eyes wide and hearts stuttering, as Jesus assures them of the persecution they will face because of their devotion to Him (John 15:18–21). They needed to be prepared, so they wouldn’t lose heart when incredibly hard times came. But now the real news: “I didn’t tell you these things from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going away to him who sent me” (John 16:4–5).

Come again?

Of course, Jesus wouldn’t just be going away. He would die a humiliating death in our place, and three days later, be gloriously resurrected. It would be a victorious act of spiritual warfare to secure our place in God’s kingdom. Still, He tells them, “It is for your benefit that I go away, because if I don’t go away the Counselor will not come to you. If I go, I will send him to you” (v.7). 

The power of the Holy Spirit would now dwell in God’s people. The Spirit would be with them always, strengthening and comforting them in the face of persecution. Step by step, He would guide each of them individually and as one body, as they set out to share the gospel across the world, carrying out the great commission and establishing the Church (Matthew 28:16–20). And so it is with us.

Jesus Christ, God incarnate, came to dwell with us. After the ascension, He sent His Spirit to dwell within us. Now, “the Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Romans 8:16), and for those who belong to Him and His kingdom, nothing can separate us from His love (v.38–39).

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53 thoughts on "Jesus Promises the Spirit"

  1. Gina C says:

    Praying with you Grammie Sue. I can imagine how overwhelming walking this path with your husband may be. The verse John 16:33 from the reading today has brought me peace in some hard days and I hope it might bring you Jesus’ peace now.

  2. Leslie Green-Starr says:

    Glory be to GOD! WE MUST PREPARE!!!!!!!

  3. Heidi M says:

    How amazing

  4. Ali Hilliard says:

    What a timely piece of scripture. I’m going through a rough season and I have been getting more and more frustrated with my own short comings. This was the reminder I needed that increased reliance on God is ALWAYS a good thing!

  5. Sky Hilton says:

    We are children of God! To be christian doesn’t mean that nothing bad will happen to us after we accept Jesus.. but it means that we run toward Him when things go bad!

  6. Amber Trimble says:

    Thank you

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  8. Tracy Craft says:

    @Gramsiesue, My daughter’s mother-in-law was diagnosed with the same thing over two years ago, and it initially sounded hopeless. Today, she is an energetic grandma with the best positive outlook who has overcome (and continues to fight) it. She has much wisdom to share and uses a couple of newer (and very successful) treatments. The big one is the Optune, a device that is worn to confuse the cells and discourage regrowth. There has been so much advance in medical wisdom with this cancer. What you read online (and some doctors) tells a bleak story, but we have seen a much different story. She is one of the strongest believers I know, and has a wealth of hope, wisdom, and worship music she can offer. One I remember from her early days on the journey is “I’m Gonna See A Victory,” which is still a favorite. I gave her your email and will pray very specifically for both of you.

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