A Devotion Based On John 14:1-31

In John 14:2-3, we find a few examples of Jesus’ loving promises. One of them says, “ I am going to prepare a place for you”, and, “When everything is ready, I will come and get you so that you will always be with me.” These promises are about eternal life. We can look forward to eternal life because Jesus has promised it to all who believed Him. We should not fear for our future because Jesus has prepared it for us.

So now that Jesus is in heaven preparing a place for us, what should we do? We should obey His commandments (v.15). But how? It is not easy to do His commandments.

When He was around the disciples, they would sometimes feel invisible. After all, the Rabbi was the one who performed many miracles beyond human understanding – not the disciples. But Jesus would soon leave them and yet there is still so much things left to do! That is why He promised to ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit who would never leave them. He is the Counselor who would never leave us.

The Holy Spirit not only will never leave us (v.16), but also lives with us and in us (v.17). He will also teach us, remind us of Jesus’ Words, convict us for our sins, and show us God’s righteousness. He will guide us into truth and help us bring glory to Christ.

The Holy Spirit is the very presence of God within us and all believers to help us live as God wants and building His church on earth. The Holy Spirit is a powerful presence on our side – working in and through us. He gives us a whole new way to look at life. The Holy Spirit will teach us everything and remind us everything that we need to do (v.26). As we study the bible, we can trust the Holy Spirit to plant truth in our mind, to reveal to us God’s will, and to remind us when we stray from it.

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Jesus may not be here with us today in His physical body. But He has kept His promise that He would not abandon us as orphans (v.18). He has sent the Holy Spirit since the Day of Pentecost 2000 years ago (Acts 2). The same Holy Spirit who came down in that Upper Room and at the Day of Pentecost is also available for us now – to help us do what Jesus did and what He has called us to do.