John 14:18–24 (ESV)
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In
that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest
myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone
loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s
who sent me.
Jesus is preparing to go to the cross, which also means that he is getting ready to go back to the Father. They will feel a great loss and a
big void. Yet you can hear a gospel message in Jesus response: “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” How comforting, Jesus is not going to ditch us. He is promising the Holy Spirit for us. Jesus says “I
will come to you.” I think about when life has come to an end, Jesus goes ahead of us to prepare a place for us… and he will come and take us home.
I pray: O Lord, help me to not feel abandoned, but to know that you are in my presence and you will be with me always. We don’t have to go through life alone, for you will be with us to guide us. I give thanks for your grace
and mercy… and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen.