You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
3 years the disciples spent day in and day out with Jesus, the early mornings, their mid days and their evenings into the early mornings only to do it all over again. The disciples and Jesus were inseparable and were always together, when you saw Jesus in His day most likely He always had one of His disciples by His side. Now can you imagine hearing “I am going away and where I am going you cannot come?” these disciples had no idea what He was saying and I could just imagine the thoughts going through all their minds some maybe thought he was just saying things because He was tired maybe some were scared, some maybe started to doubt. I’m sure at the least they were confused. Now then in this verse Jesus says I am going away and I will come to you. “Ok so your leaving then coming back? I don’t get it”. At least one of His disciples had to say this most likely peter. Jesus even goes on to say you should have rejoiced. I do not know about you but for me I would not know what to do or think I would be so confused, angry, anxious in what was going to happen next.
What these disciples were missing is that Jesus was going away so He could send the Holy Spirit, which was going to be the one who guides and directs their life. If Jesus never left them then the Holy Spirit would not have come. God has been taking me through this season of really showing me how important the Holy Spirit is in my life. I know He is there and I know He is always with me but still I do not obey Him. When I know the conviction still I go the way I want, when I know He is telling me to do something still I justify it. All these things I have been experiencing in my life recently and God has been showing me that He is not first in my life, that I am still leading my own life and making choices and decisions that please chris and not God. What these disciples and I are not getting is that Jesus had to leave us to send us His spirit to live in us so that it may draw us closer to Him. But so often I forget about the Holy Spirit that its self that is trying to draw close to God and doing this on my own strength will always end up with negative results. The power of Gods Spirit is so much Stronger than what I claim Him to be, I lower the standards and justify His power and strength that I always end up on the short of the stick. My only hope is with God and not using my own strength and wisdom, the Holy Spirit is the one who leads and guides us into all truth. (John 16:13)
Application- Ask the Holy spirit to convict me of an area of my life today where I am not obeying Him