What Jesus Did! 'I Will Not Abandon You!' — John 14:18-20

Saturday, September 27, 2014

"I will not leave you all alone like children without parents. I will come back to you. In a very short time the people in the world will not see me any more. But you will see me. You will live because I live. On that day you will know that I am in the Father. You will know that you are in me and I am in you."
— John 14:18-20
Illustration of John 14:18-20 —  You will know that you are in me and I am in you.

Key Thought

Jesus' return to the Father is essential. He is going to prepare a place for us. He is at the Father's side to intercede for us. However, just because he has gone to the Father's side does not mean that he has abandoned us. Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to be God's presence inside us. We are not alone. Far from it! We have the abiding reminder of Jesus' victory over death and his ascension to heaven with power—the Holy Spirit in us!

Today's Prayer

Your grace, dear heavenly Father, is really beyond my comprehension to fully grasp. I know even now, as I pray, your grace makes my prayer significant because the Holy Spirit intercedes for me according to your will. Father, when I find myself in difficult times, I confess that I sometimes try to rely too much on what I can do because I get to feeling like no one is there helping me. Please, dear Father, don't just forgive me, but remind me of your abiding presence in me through the Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

"If you love me, then you will do the things I command. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper. He will give you this Helper to be with you forever. The Helper is the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him. Why? Because the world does not see him or know him. But you know him. He lives with you, and he will live in you. "I will not leave you all alone like children without parents. I will come back to you. In a very short time the people in the world will not see me any more. But you will see me. You will live because I live. On that day you will know that I am in the Father. You will know that you are in me and I am in you. If a person knows my commands and obeys those commands, then that person truly loves me. And my Father will love the person that loves me. And I will love that person. I will show myself to him." Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, "But Lord, why do you plan to show yourself to us, but not to the world?" Jesus answered, "If any person loves me, then he will obey my teaching. My Father will love that person. My Father and I will come to that person and live with him. But the person that does not love me does not obey my teaching. This teaching that you hear is not really mine. It is from my Father who sent me. "I have told you all these things while I am with you. But the Helper will teach you everything. The Helper will cause you to remember all the things I told you. This Helper is the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name. "I leave you peace. It is my own peace I give you. I give you peace in a different way than the world does. So don't be troubled. Don't be afraid. You heard me say to you, 'I am leaving, but I will come back to you.' If you loved me, then you would be happy that I am going back to the Father. Why? Because the Father is greater than I am. I have told you this now, before it happens. Then when it happens, you will believe. I will not talk with you much longer. The ruler of this world (thedevil) is coming. He has no power over me. But the world must know that I love the Father. So I do exactly what the Father told me to do. "Come now. We will leave this place."

John 14:15-31

Related Scripture Readings

The apostles were all together. They asked Jesus, "Lord, is this the time for you to give the Jews their kingdom again?" Jesus said to them, "The Father is the only One who has the authority to decide dates and times. You cannot know these things. But the Holy Spirit will come to you. Then you will receive power. You will be my witnesses—{you will tell people about me}. First, you will tell people in Jerusalem. Then you will tell people in all of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world."

Acts 1:6-8

Be sure that you continue to follow the teaching that you heard from the beginning. If you continue in that teaching, then you will stay in the Son (Christ) and in the Father (God). And this is what the Son promised to us—life forever. I am writing this letter about those people who are trying to lead you into the wrong way. Christ gave you a special gift. You still have this gift in you. So you don't need any person to teach you. The gift he gave you teaches you about everything. This gift is true. It is not false. So continue to live in Christ, like his gift taught you. Yes, my dear children, live in him. If we do this, we can be without fear (have confidence) on the day when Christ comes back. We will not need to hide and be ashamed when he comes. You know that Christ is righteous (good). So you know that all people who do what is right (good) are God's children.

1 John 2:24-29

The person who obeys God's commands lives in God. And God lives in that person. How do we know that God lives in us? We know because of the Spirit that God gave us.

1 John 3:24

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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