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John 16: 7, John 14: 16-17

But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away; the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.”

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth.”

As the end of Jesus’ ministry approached, he told his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and be offered up as a sacrifice. His disciples were understandably distressed by this information. But Jesus comforted them, telling them that all would be well, and He began to teach them about the promised gift of God. He even went so far as to tell them that it was to their advantage that he leave so that he could send the Father’s promise to them.

This, then, was that fixed point in time that had long been prophesied about. First the coming of the Messiah had been prophesied. But there were also the prophesies of the coming of the Holy Spirit; that he would be sent by God as a gift to all humanity. The coming of Jesus fulfilled the prophecies about the coming Messiah. And now Jesus told His disciples that the prophecies regarding the gift of the Holy Spirit were about to be fulfilled in their presence. Jesus also made it clear that there was an order to the things of God. These events had been put into motion thousands of years previous and there was an appointed time for each. Jesus said that it was imperative for Him to leave because the Holy Spirit could not be sent until Jesus ascended. But Jesus promised that when he left he would send the Spirit to us, and the Holy Spirit will remain with us for all time. We will never be without him. And that is God’s plan; for us to have His Spirit and His anointing with us always. We are never alone because God has always had a plan for taking care of us and He has always done as He promised.

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