On the day before Jesus died, John tells us that Jesus’ heart was troubled. Can you imagine why? Even so, just like last week, we can see that Jesus’ heart and mind is with his disciples. He’s comforting them.
He knows that he won’t be with them any longer. He knows that they can’t follow. But he wants them to know that they will not be alone. And so he tells them: “to the one who obeys my teaching, my Father will send you another advocate, to help you and be with you forever.” This is the Holy Spirit.
This Sunday, you can look forward to comfort. And you can look forward to teaching, as we get into the work of the Holy Spirit and what he does for our hearts to comfort us and to point us to Jesus.
Here’s the joy of it. All three parts of the Triune God are here. The Father is here, Jesus his Son is here, and the Holy Spirit is here. All for one purpose. What is it? Peace, I leave with you. My peace I give you. That’s the promise of God.
23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.