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So in the Last blog, No Stumbling, We talked a little about why Jesus had to leave and why He said it was to our benefit that He go away. Obviously Jesus couldn’t be everywhere all at one time. There were times of separation from the disciples. How much better for the Spirit to come in indwell us so that we are never apart from guidance and direction. It’s a win-win for us!
Let’s start back in John 16. In verse 5 Jesus states that none of the disciples are asking where He is going. But wait! I distinctly remember Peter asking where…
“36 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered, “Where I go, you cannot follow Me now; but you will follow later.” 37 Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You right now? I will lay down my life for You.” John 13:36-37
It’s not that they didn’t ask- per se, but that they asked with wrong motives. We see that in conjunction with prayer.. “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives,…” James 4:3. The disciples asked, but they really were more concerned with how their lives would change, their safety in question and what about their basic needs? Interesting how we pretty much view change in the same manner.
So Jesus went on to explain the benefit of His leaving. And in John 16:8-11 He states that the Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin and righteousness and judgement;
“concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.” John 16:9-11.
So part of the blog, No Stumbling, was about how we should be bold in telling others about Jesus. What should we be telling them? First the bad news: You are a sinner; we are all sinners. You need to be saved. And then the Good News! Jesus died for your sins! When you accept Him, your sins are credited to Him and paid for by Him!
Think of it like this: you have a credit card. (My husband hates credit cards!) And this credit card has a huge balance on it. If you keep making the payments, you feel like you’ll never get out of debt! But what if someone decided they were going to pay off your debt themselves, a benefactor. And say that huge debt was moved over to his account and your account balance was zero. What a miracle! And that right there is the Good News! Jesus offered to pay for their sins. He offers Good News and hope for a lost and dying world. Who wouldn’t love that!
So here’s the thing; if we have the Holy Spirit in us and we don’t need to be afraid, and the news you are offering is the GOOD part of the equation, why is your mouth not moving all the time with this Good News! Why is your mouth still shut? I challenge you to go out and tell someone today! Go out and love someone in Jesus’ name today! Pray for Jesus to send you someone who needs to hear this message today! Believe me, He will do it!
If you will accept this challenge, I want you to comment I will. It’s not because I need a bunch of comments; its not a marketing tactic. But I find if I respond or write it down, I feel a responsibility to do it and I guess it would be the same for you, too. So comment today!