March 8, 2015 Sunday School Commentary
Bible Background- John 14:15-26
Highlighted Text- John 14:15-26
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. – John 14:26
Though questioned by many, as Jesus spent time with his disciples he revealed himself to them on many occasions. The disciples learned that Jesus was the only way to the Father (John 14:6). He also reminded them that he couldn’t be separated from the Father, because anyone who had seen him had seen his Father (John 14:9). In our highlighted text, Jesus assures the disciples that though he was going away, he would leave them comfort through the Holy Spirit.
Promise of the Spirit (John 14:15-17)
Our love for Jesus can’t be separated from our obedience to him. Love is an action, so if we love him, we must walk in obedience to him. In this text, our obedience is described as a condition for God to send us a comforter who will abide with us forever. We know that comforter to be the Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit? He is characterized as the Spirit of Truth. Jesus assures his disciples that they will know Him and He will dwell with them forever.
Point to Ponder: Do you know the Holy Spirit?
Presence of the Son ( John 14:18-24)
Jesus knew that his leaving would cause a void for the disciples, so He reassured them that he would not leave them comfortless. Jesus also reminded the disciples that when he was gone the world would not be able to see him, but they would see him. He also guaranteed them life when he said “because I live, ye shall live also.” In other words the life of a Christian depends on the life of Christ.
Again, Jesus reminds us that our love for Him can’t be separated from our obedience to him. A lover of Jesus in this passage is actually defined vividly as one who has his commandments and keeps them. Jesus explains further that loving Jesus will cause his Father to love us.
One of the lesser known disciples, Judas (not Iscariot who betrayed him), asked why Jesus was shown to them and not the world. Once more Jesus commanded obedience (vv. 15, 21). Both the Father and the Son will be present in the life of a believer.
Point to Ponder: Do you love the Son?
Purpose of the Spirit (John 14:25, 26 )
Even the disciples, who had walked, worked, and seen Jesus would need help applying all that he had taught them when he was not in their presence. Jesus explained to them that the Holy Spirit would teach them all things and bring the things that he taught them back to their remembrance (v 26).
Point to Ponder : Do you rely on the Spirit?
The anguish that the disciples were feeling as they knew that Jesus’ time in their presence was coming to an end must have seemed unbearable. However, as he was getting ready to experience what many would call the most monumental time in his life, Jesus reminded the disciples that he would not leave them comfortless. He described to them the Holy Spirit, who would live with them forever to comfort, teach and bring his teachings back to their remembrance. It is great to know that if we choose to love Christ and keep his commandments, we too have the Spirit of Truth! He is alive, sent by the Father and comforts us daily.
Commentary by, Minister Tracy Robinson
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