Jesus is Leaving But the Counselor is Coming

Daily God Walk Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I tell you the truth: it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.                  – John 16:5-7

The disciples were beginning to realize that Jesus was leaving them and they were troubled by this. In this teaching, his last instruction before being taken to be crucified, Jesus is preparing them for the next step in God’s plan.

From the time that man fell from grace in the Garden God had been guiding him to this point in time. God’s will and his plan has been a progressive revelation and now he is taking man into the next phase of his plan; he would send another comforter.

In the beginning God taught man to maintain contact with him through offering animal sacrifice. Those sacrifices were a type of the great sacrifice that was to come. When Jesus, the Christ, the very Son of God, was sacrificed on the cross he opened heaven for all men to be in relationship with God.

It is also true that in the beginning God called mankind to worship and sacrifice at a specific place. Under Moses that place was the Tabernacle in the wilderness. Later Solomon built a temple in which God was expected to dwell. But God had bigger plans.

Jesus, the earthly manifestation, the fullness of God in bodily form, became the eternal connection between God and man by his death and resurrection. And, when we make that connection through faith in Christ, another significant thing happens.

The God who dwelt in the tabernacle, then later in the temple, now has come to live in his permanent home, a home not made with hands. He has come to live in the heart of every believer. Jesus had already told them that he was with them but would be in them and now he is telling them I can’t be in you until I have ascended back to the Father.

The counselor has come and he lives in every believer.

Principle: God himself lives in every believer.

Affirmation:  I have believed and I have Holy Spirit within.

Prayer: Thank you for the guiding hand of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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