But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you. – John 16:7-15
The holidays bring loved ones together for a special time of celebration. The friends and family you see add to the experience with new memories being made. It seems special to have these people around in your life, especially if you haven’t seen them for awhile, and just when you get used to it, it’s time to say good-bye again. It can be hard to let go of people you love until the next time you see them.
Jesus knew this when he was saying good-bye to his disciples. Their hearts were heavy knowing that they had to let Jesus go, although they didn’t fully understand what that meant yet. Jesus explained it to them as much as he knew they could bear hearing. He also gave them the promise of the Holy Spirit. It probably didn’t make them feel much better at the time, but it was something they could hold onto when they needed encouragement. The promise is that we will see him again and we are never left alone to fend for ourselves. Truth is a wonderful gift.
Prayer: Jesus, I thank you for the promise you gave and pray that I can cling to it when I need to be encouraged. Amen