But I tell you that I am going to do what is best for you. That is why I am going away. The Holy Spirit cannot come to help you until I leave. But after I am gone, I will send the Spirit to you.
John 16:7, CEV
Someone is thinking. Jesus has an awareness of exactly how it’s going to unfold. He understood that by departing from the disciples, He would open up the Ministry of the Holy Spirit to common people. Jesus is thinking about what is best. He isn’t vacillating. It seems very opposite, but He must leave in order to bless. IDK, but in my mind, for me– give me Jesus!
But there is a grace which definitely inundates us. We stand with each other, soaked to the skin by mercy and love. But this is what Jesus promised. This sudden cloudburst of ‘goodness’ on us drenches us thoroughly. We must learn to accept the wonderful work of the Holy Spirit. His presence ‘enriches’ us beyond human comprehension. He brings ‘gifts’ that astound us.
I know we figured otherwise. But the ministry of the Holy Spirit more than doubles the work of Grace in our hearts. But we don’t say this to diminish Jesus’ work in any way. Rather, we understand the economy of God, and we know the common currency of the spiritual moment. And the Holy Spirit is golden.
Jesus declares ‘what is best for you’. But within me, after studying the Gospels, I want Jesus. But He contends that there is something even better. Now who am I to dispute that? Jesus declares that a ‘Helper’ or ‘Advocate” will come to us, and lead and then bless us. We have never knew a helper; what does He do? He is an advocate–what is that?
The Holy Spirit has been officially assigned to us.
I remember the TV of my youth. ‘I Dream of Jeannie“, about 1966, (Now that goes way back). You see Jeannie was assigned to Larry Hagman . She lives to meet all his needs. She is there to do all that the situation requires. Now this is a trifle bit ‘reaching’, but she is there to help, strengthen, and watch over Larry.
The Holy Spirit is there for us. He directs and completes us. Life without His influence we would not recognize. We would be stripped of any goodness and grace. It is good that Jesus left to send the Spirit. Our lives would be ‘hollowed’ and vacant without Him.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,who will never leave you.”