A very warm welcome to You today!
7 But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won't come.
If I do go away, then I will send him to you.
8 And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin,
and of God's righteousness,
and of the coming judgment.
9 The world's sin is that it refuses to believe in me.
10 Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more.
11 Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.
(New Living Bible)
In the passage from John 16 quoted above, the Lord Jesus is speaking to His disciples.
He tells them something which probably upset them greatly:
He said that He was going to leave them.
Then He says that if He goes away He will send them The Advocate, who is the Holy Spirit.
Some time after this talk, the Lord Jesus was killed on the cross and buried in the tomb. Then He came back from death, spent some time with them and then He went back into heaven, where He had originally come from.
Right now, He is positioned at the throne of power and authority in heaven, representing us human beings.
Then after going back to heaven, Jesus kept His promise and sent The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, on the day of Pentecost.
Jesus said that one of the reasons for the coming of the Holy Spirit, is to:
convince us of our sinful condition,
to convince us that God is perfectly righteousness,
to convince us of God's coming judgement. (verse 8 above)
First of all, when the Holy Spirit convinces me of personal sin, that gives me the opportunity to believe in the Lord Jesus.
To believe in Jesus means to rest the full weight of your self and your life - past, present and future - in Jesus.
When you make the choice to believe in Jesus like this, and you say so in words with your voice, God grants you forgiveness of all sin.
When I receive the forgiveness of my sin, God views me just as if I never sinned.
This means I am free to come to Him anytime and talk over matters with Him, because He is now my Father, and through the work of the Holy Spirit, my Father's love flows in and through my life so I know that I belong to Him.
Father in heaven,
I want to thank You so much for sending the Lord Jesus Christ into the world to be crucified, to be buried in the tomb, to come back alive from death and now to represent me in heaven.
today I say aloud with my voice that I open my heart and life to You. I rest the full weight of myself and my life - past, present and future - in Your hands.
I believe in You Lord Jesus. I trust You with my life.
Thank You for being my Saviour and Lord,
Blessed Lord Holy Spirit,
teach me to experience Your love which Your are pouring into my heart right now and all day today.
See you tomorrow, God willing,
when you'll find a new thought here to challenge you!
Meanwhile, have a great day walking with the Lord!