Part of the work of the Holy Spirit is to comfort us during trying times. In our text, Jesus had been teaching the disciples that He must soon depart from them. This would certainly have been of much concern to them. For the last three years, Jesus had taught them, aided them, protected them, and provided for them; but now it was time for Jesus to depart. So Jesus promised them that the Father would send a Comforter to teach and aid them as they went about the ministry without Him.
In his book, Symbols of the Holy Spirit, Gordon Brownville tells about the great Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen. He was the first to discover the magnetic mederian of the North Pole, and he as well discovered the South Pole on one of his journeys. Amundsen took a homing pigeon with him on every trip he took. When Amundsen had finally reached the top of the world, he opened the bird’s cage and set it free. Imagine the delight of Mrs. Amundsen back in Norway when she looked up and saw the pigeon circling in the sky! No doubt she exclaimed, “He’s alive!”
So it was when Jesus ascended. Although he was gone, the disciples clung to His promise to send them the Holy Spirit. No doubt, joy flooded their souls when He ascended from the earth. The Holy Spirit was and is a continual reminder that Jesus is alive. What a comfort!!
What to do:
✞ Thank God daily for His Comforter, the Holy Spirit.
Why should the children of a king
Go mourning all their days?
Great Comforter, descend and bring
Some tokens of your grace.
Do you not dwell in all your saints,
And seal the heirs of heaven?
When will you banish my complaints,
And show my sins forgiven?
Assure my conscience of her part
In the Redeemer's blood;
And bear your witness with my heart,
That I am born of God.You are the earnest of his love,
You are the earnest of his love,
The pledge of joys to come;
And your soft wings, celestial Dove,
Will safe convey me home.
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