Can you imagine what the disciples felt? Jesus knew His time was short and He wanted to tell them He had to leave them. And then He said this…
“But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you [John 16: 5-7].
Talk about confusing. I bet they thought “what is He talking about?”
What He was talking about is giving them the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit will come after He is gone.
Is this a promise for all believers today? Is the Holy Spirit something we can count on to help us in life as we go through the situations we face?
The answer to that question is a resounding YES.
Pastor Graham* writes “No conditions were attached [to this promise]. Jesus didn’t say that He would send the Helper (or “Comforter”) to some believers and not to others. Nor did He say that we had to belong to a special organization or be higher on the scale of spiritual performance than someone else. He simply said “If I go, I will send Him to you.”
The disciples had to go through their time of agony, their time of waiting, their time of faith. They had to witness the crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus and they probably had doubts that the promise of the Helper was real. They probably felt alone.
God said that they should wait and wait they did.
Possibly when Jesus rose from the dead and was glorified and then made his appearances to the disciples they thought this “ghost” was what He meant by Helper. Of course, Jesus had them touch Him so they could see He was indeed a real person, back from the dead.
But this was not what Jesus promised. He left them again and they had to wait some more.
A fifty day wait.
“And when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance” [Acts 2:14].
These members of the early church were transformed.
But can a believer be transformed today too? Can a believer get help from the Helper?
The answer is yes, if we come to The Lord. Peter said “Repent and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” [Acts, 2: 38].
When Jesus said He had to leave so the Helper would arrive, He was not just talking to the Disciples. He was sending a message to us. Graham states “we are no longer waiting for the Holy Spirit—He is waiting for us. We are no longer living in the time of promise, but in the days of fulfillment.”
It is interesting that Graham says “He is waiting for us.”
What does that mean? For me, that is a power that could be accessed to help us in life.
What else do we need to do to have this access?
I know that sounds too good to be true. Ask.
In Luke 11: 13 pay attention to the following words: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.”
Ok, it is a bit more complicated than that. Some believers ask questions like who is this person Jesus has promised? How can this person transform our human nature? How can the Helper give you supernatural power to face the crises of life?
I have a feeling that all our questions will be answered as we get further into Billy Graham’s book, The Holy Spirit.
*Billy Graham The Holy Spirit