Jesus said “When the Friend I plan to send you from theÂ Father comes — the Spirit of Truth issuing from the Father — heÂ will confirm everything about me.”Â Â (John 15:26)
I have always been amazed at how Jesus uses the last few hoursÂ of his life to prepare his followers for their ordeal as he facesÂ the cross, their wonder in his resurrection, and their amazement atÂ his ascension. There is so much happening all at once that is soÂ unexpected. They are eyewitnesses of it all, but how will theyÂ remember it? How can they be confident in what they do remember?
Jesus makes it clear that there is one ultimate answer to theirÂ questions: The Friend he sends from the Father, the Spirit ofÂ Truth! The Spirit will guide and confirm their message as well asÂ empower them to share it boldly. And as we personally pass throughÂ the events of the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus inÂ our own baptism, we are given this same Spirit of Truth to helpÂ guide us into this same truth they proclaim.
The Holy Spirit is ourÂ connection to the Source of the story, the truth of the story, andÂ the power of the story of Jesus. No wonder Jesus had taught that weÂ had to be “born of water and of the Spirit” (John 3:3-37)
Prayer: O Father, thank you that the gospel is so simple and clear –Â that Jesus died for me and was buried just as the Scriptures hadÂ said, and that he was raised from the dead. Thank you that I haveÂ been able to share in this incredible set of events through my ownÂ trust in Jesus as Lord and my baptism as I called on his name.Â Thank you that the power of his resurrection now is alive in meÂ through the Holy Spirit. Thank you, O God, in Jesus’ name. Amen.