“Jesus said, ‘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 16:7).

The first disciples could not have imagined any possible advantage in the idea of Jesus “going away.” Through the prism of their experience and limited understanding, fulfillment of the mission, ministry, objectives, and expectations of the Messianic Kingdom, rested upon but one person; his personality; his energy, and wherewithal — Jesus. Yet, his “going away” brought even greater possibilities. The person of the Holy Spirit and his abiding presence would mean not only a constant mindfulness of the purposes of God but, now, the power by which they can actually be accomplished in our lives. Thus, as His purposes are being fulfilled through the many who call him Lord and Savior, the Kingdom of God is being realized exponentially. His going away was for our advantage but also His as His body, the church, has grown to even greater proportions.

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