For Jesus to leave the earth, and go to the Father, meant that we would receive the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
It was meant for a good purpose, that Jesus should go away.
I had to look up the word expedient. I thought it meant ‘highly important’. The definition is:’providing an easy and quick way to solve a problem or do something’.
Jesus wanted the disciples and us to know that we are not alone on earth.
To reprove, means to scold or correct usually gently or with kindly intent, according to the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary.
The Holy Spirit came to admonish and correct us when we sin, to convict us about what is right, and to warn us of judgment.
Those things are very important in regard to salvation. We need to know what sin is, to distinguish what is right, and to know that there is punishment for our actions when they are wrong.
That is why we need to be saved. No one could stand before a righteous judge. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Isaiah tells us that even our righteousness is as filthy rags. We would be hopeless without the actions of Jesus, that led to our salvation.
He didn’t abandon the world after He was crucified, raised to life, and after he ascended to heaven. Just as the disciples needed to hear that they were not alone after Jesus left them, we are assured that we have that same promise, the the Holy Spirit is with us too:
John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Acts 2:38: Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 4:31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Acts 5:32 “We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
Acts 10:38: …how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the HolySpirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
Acts 11:16 Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
Acts 20:23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.
Romans 5:5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
These are just some of the verses that mention the Holy Spirit. They give us some clues of what the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is like.
The Holy Spirit is a gift to believers. When we are baptized with the Holy Spirit, we receive power to speak boldly, we receive peace and joy. He warns us of things to come, reprimands us when we lose focus of righteousness, He lives in us, and our bodies are not our own, but a temple that houses the Holy Spirit.
There are many verses in the Old and New Testament, about the Holy Spirit. He is part of our victorious faith as Christians.
I have asked God to fill me with His Holy Spirit, and with power to proclaim the gospel. I hope you will join me in asking for His presence and power in your life.
Thank You, Jesus, for the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit! Fill us with Your power, and give us knowledge and wisdom to understand these things. Thank You for salvation and mercy, and for interceding to God on our behalf. You are wonderful! You were pleased to present the Holy Spirit to us, so help us not to neglect having Him in our lives. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
YouTube video of “Come Holy Spirit” by D AsusA