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Help from the Helper (27 of 33)
Series: Behold the Lamb
Ernest L. Easley
The gospel of John is a must if you want to get to know Jesus! When I was in school... often times there were two kinds of reading assignments. There was recommended reading (optional) and there was required reading (not optional).
Well... let me say to every seeker after God... to you who desire to know God: John's gospel is required reading! God will reveal Himself to you from John's gospel as the ''lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.''
In fact... John wrote in chapter 20.31, ''these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.''
Now this morning we come to chapter 16. Jesus was hours away from being crucified and His band of followers from being thrown into a state of confusion. He has just explained to them the importance of their abiding in Him just as a branch abides in the vine! That the way to bear fruit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control) was through abiding in Him... and the way to abide in Him was through obedience to His word!
And thank God He gives us fruit for the journey! Fruit that sustains us! Fruit that strengthens us! Fruit that stabilizes us!
Now Jesus wanted His disciples to know that it was to their benefit that He goes away! He wanted them to understand that He had to withdraw from being WITH them in order to be IN them! And I love John 14.18 where Jesus told them, ''I will not leave you orphans: I will come to you.''
So how would Jesus come to them if He was going away? John 14.16, ''And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.'' And then He goes on to identify this Helper in John 14.26, ''But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things...''
John 15.26, ''But when the Helper comes, w ...
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