Jesus next turned to the triune nature of God and its importance to the mission of redemption. He wanted the truth to penetrate their minds. One can picture the piercing eyes of our Lord as He looked at each of these men who would become the ambassadors for the Father. These young students spent three years walking in step with Jesus. Twice He sent them out to take on ministry by faith. Not only had they watched Him carry out all manner of restoration and healing; but, they too healed the sick, cast out demons, and cleansed lepers.
This room was filled people that knew none of Jesus’ ministry was staged. So, armed with the truth and faith that comes from doing life together, Jesus told these men to examine their doubts. If they were unable to accept the inevitable link between Jesus and the Father, then they should at least trust in the works they witnessed the Father do through Jesus and through them! Why was this so urgent? In short, it was urgent because they had not seen anything yet!
Jesus promised these men that they would have His ability to execute the Father’s plan. “Ask anything in my name! I will do it,” Jesus promised. What’s more, Jesus promised The Helper once He left. The Helper – God’s spirit who had always served as a transactional steward to prophets, priests, and kings! That same Spirit would now indwell all who would believe and abide in Jesus. The Holy Spirit would comfort, lead, empower, and marshal God’s plan in the lives of anyone willing to receive Christ and follow Him.
Jesus wanted the apostles to know without a doubt that He loved them. As they trusted and followed the Lord, their lives were proof that they too loved Jesus! He saw that, the Father saw that and built the eternal bond that transcended beyond the disciples to all who believe and abide in the Lord. The Holy Spirit reveals truth to those who follow the Lord. These truths seem like nonsense to the world and its culture because they are not connected to the Father.
We, through Christ, experience the love of the Father, the redemption of the Son, and the care and leadership of the Spirit. That was what Jesus wanted these men to understand. They are surrounded by the whole trio, not just the Father, the Son, OR the Spirit. They could move forward with confidence, knowing that they were redeemed, restored, and routed through life to fulfill their missions. They would never be alone, nor would they be abandoned.
Now, thousands of years later, we can walk with the same confidence, due to the continued grace of the Father, the sacrifice and resurrection of the Son, and the leadership and comfort of the Spirit. Help me, Lord, to never question or doubt the triune nature that makes Your plan work flawlessly in my very flawed and fragile life.
God Bless You
10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves. 12 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another [b]Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you…
18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 [c]After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. 20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.