Our Gospel lesson is John 16:7-15, taken today from the New International Version (NIV).
But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.
Jesus reminds the disciples that all of this, His coming to be with us, dying for our salvation, rising and returning, is according to God’s plan. This is not some haphazard series of events, but God’s love and God’s will in action. Now it is time for the next part of the story, where we are called to continue the wonderful work Jesus has for us.
God has made covenants with His people from the very beginning. We have always had responsibilities to Him and each other, although we have often failed at keeping them. Through Jesus, God demonstrates His love and care for us in the flesh; now it is our turn.
As with those who followed Jesus while He was on earth, our task is to live in His love and share that blessing with the world. The Holy Spirit comes to walk beside us as He did, guiding and encouraging our discipleship. We rejoice in His mercy and go as forgiven and refreshed souls to tell everyone the Good News.
Gracious God, we are grateful for the gift of Your spirit. May we go in Your name, equipped and strengthened to make disciples of all the world. Amen.