Read John 16
Focus on verse 7-11
Most of us encounter times when we need a little help. Some of us need a whole lot of help. Those of us who claim they need no help? You may not want any help, but trust me; you need it!
In today’s reading Jesus informs the disciples more directly of His impending departure, assuring them that it is in their best interests for Him to leave. It is a concept that they do not fully understand until after Pentecost.
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. (v. 7-11)
The Helper Jesus refers to here is the Holy Spirit who arrives in grand style on the day of Pentecost forty days after Jesus ascension. The Holy Spirit empowers the followers of Jesus from within in the same way Jesus was empowered from within. It is not a magical thing, though it is supernatural. It is a God thing.
Jesus informs us that the Holy Spirit will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment. I have seen and experienced the Holy Spirit doing this. There is no other way to explain the change that occurs in a person when they submit their life to Jesus. It is the Holy Spirit that opens a person’s mind to the good news of eternal life. It is the Holy Spirit that gives us understanding of the scriptures as we read. It is the Holy Spirit that convicts a person’s conscience when they choose a course of action that is not consistent with God’s word. We all need His help, and Jesus sent Him to help us! As usual, all we have to do is make the choice to invite Him to help us.