Our Guide Around Detours
5 but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’6 Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. 7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
When my family traveled to the East Coast over the summer, we depended on the GPS to provide us guidance on where we need to go. There was construction on the roadway and the GPS kept telling us that we were off-course. The map wasn’t accurate to account for the construction detours that were in place. However, we looked at the highway signs which confirmed that we were heading out in the right direction.
Jesus disciples were sad that Jesus was going to leave them. He was their leader and their teacher. He taught them extensively and gave them many parables to make his teaching clear to them. The good news is that God’s words in the Bible will not change and cannot be affected by the detours and the work in progress that we go through in our lives. Jesus had to leave to be at the right hand of God, but he promised the Holy Spirit, who will guide us into all truth.