Context: Jesus revisits the work and role of the Holy Spirit during the Passover evening. He tells the disciples it is good that he is going away so the Helper can come and be with them. He also says the Spirit will convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and that He will declare all things to the disciples. He concludes by telling them that in a little while he will go away, bringing them sorrow, but a little later he will return for them, bringing them much joy.
Observations: Why is it to ‘our advantage’ that Jesus leaves this world and sends the Helper? Why does He need to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment? The Holy Spirit is called Helper, Counselor, Comforter, Advocate. Which name for the Greek word Paraclete do you think is best? The chapter concludes with a statement about trials and tribulations in this world and turning our sorrow into joy. Is this a reference to his death and then resurrection? Think how this relates to the COVID-19 situation.
Application: Though every true believer in Christ has the Holy Spirit indwelling them, we can choose to ignore, grieve or quench His work in our lives. Ask God to show you a way you are doing that; ask the Holy Spirit for the Help to overcome it!! Do at least one proactive thing to love someone in your family and in the Evergreen Body today.
Prayer: Lord, help us this Holy Week to walk WITH you as if we were in the Upper Room, too!! Help our local church be stirred in deeper ways to long for your presence and to have peace in the midst of COVID-19 trials.