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Follow Today's reading: Jeremiah 16-17; Psalm 96; John 16
Your Advocate is Here
Today’s readings are Jeremiah 16 – 17, Psalm 96 and John 16. We are reading from the New Living Translation.
Imagine a with Jesus. starting into the day with you, having coffee with you. Driving to work with you. You’re sharing your day with Jesus – and it’s a day without judgement or condemnation. It’s just sharing your day. All day, in his presence. Imagine a day like that. How could anything be better than that? That’s what these boys, these disciples, experienced, not just one dya but for three years. They were with him, day in and day out. It’s hard to imagine anything better than that. But here, in John 16, Jesus tells them that he has to go. He has to leave them because there is something better. In John 16: 7 he says:
it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.
It’s hard to imagine things being any better than Jesus being with us, day in and day out. But that was only true for the twelve. The twelve were having their eyes open to who God was, what he was really like. Their eyes were being opened to the selfgiving, radically forgiving, co suffering, love of God. And that love was not just some but all. Even his enemies.
It’s better because When the advocate comes, he will awaken not just twelve, or some, but all, the world will begin to see who God really is. What God is really like. The spirit of God would be poured out on all flesh. And the beauty of God, the glory of God will be all, in all.
The presence of Christ in us – this, Jesus says, is best. God’s best is yours today. Christ’s presence is with you today, whether you’re in Cincinnati, Ohio, or Somerset, NJ, Perth, Australia, or San Paulo, Brazil. The world is being awakened to who God really is.
Jesus came from the Father, into the world, and returned to the Father. But he did what was best. He sent the Advocate – the spirit of Christ – to come and abide in you, and dissolve all the lies you’ve had about God, and to replace it with the face of Christ. The Spirit’s presence in you is doing that even today.