Not Orphans

Read through the Bible in 2 years: John 14

"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." - John 14:6

Like we read a few days ago in John chapter 10, Jesus is the door, the gate to God. If you want to reach God, you have to go through Him.

There are not many ways to the Father; there is only one. Jesus is the only gatekeeper. He is the only way.

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." - John 14:18
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." - John 14:27
"I will ask the Father and He will give you another Helper (advocate, counselor) to be with you forever, even the Spirit of Truth whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him for He dwells with you and will be in you.... The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you." - John 14:16-17, 26

Jesus was about to leave His disciples, to go back to His Heavenly Father – but He was not leaving them as orphans. Friends, we have not been abandoned.

We are not alone. He has left us His Spirit and peace, and He will return for us.

1. Jesus left the Holy Spirit to be our Helper. Like when I would leave my kids with Grandma, they weren’t really alone. I may have left, but I left them with a very good helper.

It seems to me that in many of our lives the Trinity has become “The Father, The Son, and the Bible.” We must not underestimate our need for the Holy Spirit to be with us, our helper and counselor, to bring to mind what Jesus has taught us and to help us understand what the Word means. I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit’s ongoing help. When I’m praying, or meditating or studying the Word, His quiet voice often leads me to remember other passages of Scripture. The Holy Spirit also brings conviction and encouragement to my heart. Thank You, Father, for sending us the Holy Spirit to live and abide in me and with me.

2. Jesus left us His peace. When Jesus returned to heaven, he left His disciples, but He didn’t leave them alone – He left them with the Holy Spirit, but He also left them with His peace.

“Peace” (Hebrew – “shalom”) was a customary parting greeting for Jews. Jesus here is not only wishing them farewell because he’s leaving – but He’s leaving them with His peace, giving them peace. As Thayers Greek Lexicon defines this Greek word eirēnē (peace), “the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is,” Jesus has left us with His eternal peace as we have been reconciled with God through the forgiveness of our sins through faith in the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

3. Jesus Himself will return for us. It reminds me of when I was leaving my kids home alone when I went to a meeting or out on a date with my husband, I’d say, “Don’t worry. I’m coming back.”

Jesus Himself will come back. Let’s be ready for His return – watching for Him, telling others about Him, and living with the trusting expectation that He is coming soon.

Will you please pray with me?

Thank You, Jesus, for going to prepare a place for me. Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to be my counselor, helper, and advocate. Thank you for not leaving me alone.

Thank you for giving me Your peace, peace that surpasses worldly understanding, the supernatural peace of being held by Almighty God while a hurricane swirls around me.

I pray, Father, for those children who are orphans in this world. I pray that You would place them in families. I pray that You would be a Father to them and provide for them the daily bread they need as well as Your peace that surpasses all understanding. Help them to know that they are not alone.

I pray, Lord, that I will be found waiting and watching. Give me Your strength and wisdom to remember that You are coming soon. Help us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:12-13)

In the Name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

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