‘But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.’ John 14:26 (NIV)
Why is all this talk of the Holy Spirit necessary? Jesus put everything He had into teaching us. He worked hard to help us understand the mysteries of God, Heaven, the Father´s intentions for us to be with Him, and how we should walk upon this earth. However, after instructing us so fervently, He is giving us again the hope of a Counselor. Why in the world do we need more understanding? Have we not learned about these things since we were children? Haven´t we heard the stories a million times? What more does the mature Christian need to be taught or reminded of in what Christ said?
It may seem redundant that our Saviour repeatedly enforces His promise of an unseen Helper. In our quick-paced societies today we have little time to return to points we think we have already learned. But when our Lord goes so far as to repeat Himself, it is for good reason. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows the true condition of the world in which we live. He sees the pitfalls and the devious traps in our path that even we cannot see. He knows how hard darker powers will try and hinder our spiritual growth. So when we find the Teacher returning to a point, would we do well to perk up our ears?
No matter how much progress we have made in our Christianity, we are not yet standing in that Promised Land. The ultimate goal of gazing upon the face of God is a quest that we are still on. Our Saviour has not yet returned in glory to bring us before the throne of God. So it is not quite time to relax. We must still press forward. There is still urgency. There is still danger that would sneak in to destroy what we should have with the Lord.
If we can remember that our journey isn´t over, then we could embrace the thought of a Guide that will surely see us through. The teaching Jesus gave us for loving our neighbor will not always be the encouragement we need when we face a temptation of another kind. Who will guard us from the temptation to look more to our possessions in this world than we are looking at God? What we need is a constant touch. We need Someone Who is closer than our thoughts and closer than our skin. We need Someone Who is with us as we make each of our conscious decisions and Who is there even when we are not thinking. We need a Presence there with us always that will keep us on track.
Jesus offers us again the promised Holy Spirit. He holds out for us to receive the Spirit of God. Can we take Him up on His offer? Can we swallow our pride? Can we forget how much we have already learned in an attempt to gain a little more knowledge? Can we put our preconceived ideas behind in an effort to draw closer to the heart of God? The promises of the Lord are sure. We can still count on Him to accomplish what He sets out to do. What remains is for us to desire to see His Word come true for us. Shall we pray for a new outpouring of the Spirit of God upon us today?
Driven to tedious repetition, You remind us of Your promised Holy Spirit. We hear Your words. But we want to press forward until we hear Your voice. We want to experience all that You promise us. Let us still today, embrace this hope that the Great Holy Spirit can come to us! Let Him fill us and move in us now! Wash over us in waves of mysterious Power! Carry us away with love for our God! And let the Holy Spirit sweep us surely into the Presence of the Lord today!