23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me. 25 “I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, “I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over 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 be on our way. [NRSV]
This is an intimate and paternal conversation between Jesus and the disciples.
Words of Assurance: Yes I am leaving you, but yes I am coming back for you.
These are words of comfort and mystery. Defining a certainty and reality of the separation as well as the certainty and reality of the ongoing connection and presence.
The lesson is to, above all else listen to the words of Jesus and do what he says.
Salvation is realized and experienced by those who have been listening.
Message of Grace: Yes, the opens arms of God are outstretched for all, but those who recognize and follow will know when to run toward the Savior.
We the clue of the relationship: We will come to them.. vs 23.
In the mean time, in the waiting time, in the between time,
Wait for the Advocate, the Holy Spirit.
We are people of the Spirit. This is our business. This is our heart. This is our activity.
We are spiritual folks in a physical reality.. but look what comes first and list. The Holy Spirit.
We come to communion today to feed, nourish and tend to our Spirit.
Listen, Follow and Wait.
It may not be the flashy and exciting thing to do, but it is our salvation.