I Will Return As The Comforter
Jesus could see the forlorn look on the faces of his disciples as he was explaining that he was going away and he was no doubt moved with compassion for them. He was explaining that one of his purposes in going away was to prepare a place for them so that they could then come to him and be with him for eternity.
He could see that they weren't really getting the idea so he tried to give them comfort by promising that they weren't being left as orphans but that he would soon return to them as comforter or counselor. He seemed to be saying, "Hey guys, cheer up. It isn't all that bad. Look, I have been with you for these few years, but the time of my being with you is coming to a close. Now you will experience something that is better than my being with you; I will be in you."
While in a physical body on earth the Christ could only be in one place at a time, but in Spirit he can be in all believers at all times. That is the truth he was trying to convey. The disciples were trying their best to understand, but these were new ideas to them. They didn't understand how he could actually be in them.
Finally, as a he was about to ascend to heaven, after he had taught them many things, with his parting words he sent them back to Jerusalem to wait for this promised gift from the Father. He knew that they didn't quite get the idea, but he also knew that when the Holy Spirit came upon them they would understand.
They went to Jerusalem to wait. They weren't sure what they were waiting for, and they weren't quite sure what the future would hold, but they knew the Father had something special in mind. There in Jerusalem it finally became clear to them. The counselor who had been promised finally arrived in spectacular fashion.
The same Spirit of Christ, the counselor, the Holy Spirit, is in the church today giving comfort, strength and power to believers.
Prayer: Thank you for the counselor who is always with me. Amen.
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