Another Comforter. The time was drawing short; Jesus knew that soon He would be leaving the disciples, but He promised that He would not leave them comfortless! In the same way, Jesus never leaves nor forsakes us in this, the 21st century! How important for us to remember that He is by our side 24/7! It is also important for us to realize that just as Jesus experienced more pain and grief than we can imagine while He was on this earth, He certainly does understand our need to be encouraged!
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
(John 14:15-18, King James Version)
Though most of us have experienced the death of a loved one, I doubt that any of us can really appreciate what the disciples experienced when they saw their Lord and Savior crucified. They were young in their beliefs, and felt like everything that they had done, for the last three years, was finished. Jesus was truly their Comforter when He walked with them; He was the one who taught them and encouraged them to love and to be faithful to God. But, now He was gone!
Though He told them that He would send another Comforter, it was just too hard to imagine that anyone could replace the Lord. Ah, but they did not realize that the Holy Spirit would dwell within their hearts and be a constant companion, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And, in reality, because the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one God, Jesus would be with them forever.
When we, as Christians, go through difficult times, whether it be health problems, family problems, or grief from the death of a loved one, this Comforter lives within our hearts. We appreciate all of the kind words and actions of dear family and friends during this time, but we still must face those times when we feel so very alone. It is during such times as this that we draw comfort from the Lord through the Holy Spirit within us.
Jesus lived on this earth and experienced pain and grief, and finally a humiliating and horrible death; He does know exactly what we are going through, and He will encourage and gladden our hearts when we go to Him.
Oh, how much He loves us!
Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.
That includes every one of us, too!