Never Alone

Never Alone

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Each weekday morning, we’re going to spend a few minutes in a passage in John. Here’s the goal: read it, pray it, share it. Every post will have a passage of Scripture, a short prayer, and a question to meditate on and talk about. In a few minutes every day, we can prepare our hearts for all that God has planned in this season of Lent. 

Read: John 14:15-31
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. [16] And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, [17] 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.

[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.

[25] “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. [26] But 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. [27] 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. [28] You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. [29] And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. [30] I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, [31] but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here. (ESV)

At the end of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus promises the disciples, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” But then he ascended into heaven. How can he be there and with us at the same time? Here’s the answer in John 14: the Holy Spirit comes to live in our hearts.

Because we have the Spirit, we have a direct connection to God at all times. He’s closer than the air we breathe, in our hearts molding and shaping us at all times. The Spirit provides everything we need to live the Christian life; sealing our hearts, reminding us of the truth, guiding our hearts to Christ, praying for us, and giving gifts to serve the church.

Because of the work of the Spirit, Jesus is with us at all times. Here, he even says the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit make their home with those who love God and follow his commandments. That’s all the support we need to walk in a way that pleases God. 

God, surround me today with your Spirit and your presence. Equip me, empower me, remind me, and give me peace. Show yourself through your Spirit and keep me in your love. Amen.

What does Jesus say in this passage that can give us peace? What are some of the other roles the Holy Spirit plays?

“I will be with you always” is one of the most common promises in the Bible. Is there anyone you know who is lonely and needs to hear that message?
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