His Promise

In Jesus’ compassion He prays for his disciples. In Jesus’ communion He promises an advocate.
What happens when all that you think you know isn’t?

Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ John 14:8

Jesus knows that his follower’s world is about to turn upside down. Philip is looking for some assurance. That is reasonable isn’t it? Don’t we all want some assurance that what we think we know, believe or understand is true? I know what it means to have your world turned upside down. I know what it feels like for life to change in profound and devastating ways. Many of you do as well. Finding meaning, purpose, and hope when all that you thought was true and certain was not, is hard and a journey full of landmines. I can identify with Philip’s request. I’ve been there. Lord, please give me some assurance.
Jesus prayer and promise is that we are in communion with Him/God and with our community. The Holy Spirit will abide in us as the Father abides in Him. He will not be here in physical form as He was for the disciples, He will be here and ever present in the form of the Advocate. We on our own cannot believe, it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit, the work and Word of God, that we can know truth. We receive our assurance in and through our relationship with God and community.

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. John 14:16-17

Certainty is a fleeting feeling in a world of divisiveness and turmoil. The world is a place that challenges faith and stains our relationships. Peace and hope are found in continually seeking Christ. We seek the voice of the Advocate, who teaches and reminds us.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. John 14:27

Brothers and sisters let us walk together confident in His Promise.