Word from Scotland: Jesus knew we would have problems with ignorance, forgetfulness
In John’s Gospel, at Chapter 14, we are approaching these final words which Jesus Christ shared with his chosen and beloved disciples in the Upper Room. We must not rush through these crucial words of our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Amidst all our reading and studying and preaching and teaching it is good to pause and simply remind ourselves that these are the words of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who shed his blood and died, to wash us and forgive us, and save us from sin and sins.
In this conversation, we have been listening to, and overhearing some of the most wonderful words a disciple of Jesus would ever want to hear.
I am the way to the Father – I am the only true way – just follow Me and I will give you life – eternal life. When you have seen me you have seen the Father. When you have heard Me you have heard God. What you ask in My Name for the glory of the Father, I will do it.
I am going away, but I will be present in you. I will be hidden from the world, but you will know what is going on – verse 19 – and that is so true today. The world will not know what is happening at times, but you will know. The world will not be able to see clearly what is going on, but you My children will be able to see.
I am going to get a place ready for you, but you get your hearts and lives ready for us to come and rest and dwell in you.
Do not think you are going to be orphaned and all alone – No – No – the Holy Spirit will come to fortress and empower you.
How can we remember all these things all the time? We do not need to.
Jesus knew we would have two problems – ignorance and forgetfulness – so Jesus teaches His disciples that the Holy Spirit will deal with these two matters.
The Holy Spirit will teach you everything – and – He will bring back into your memory things you have forgotten – verse 26.
Jesus is giving them, and us, a message for the world – a message that can change and transform the lives of men and women, and if you do happen to forget the message, the Holy Spirit will be with you to prompt you and remind you.
Allow that very simple word to comfort and fortify and fortress you, and if you are a preacher and teacher, share it with your people.