Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 12 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 225)
TEXT: John 14:16-18
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 225.
Corrie ten Boom said, “Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.”
The first major assurance that Jesus gave His disciples in light of the fact that He was about to leave them was that He was going to Heaven to prepare a place for them and that He would return to take them with Him. Today, we come to the second major assurance in this discourse: it is that God would send a Comforter to be with them forever.
Jesus told His disciples, “I will pray the Father…” Henry Alford notes that the future tense of this verb — “will pray” — indicates that a physical closeness is implied here. Jesus was planning on making this request after He got back to Heaven and was sitting right beside the Father.
Jesus’ request, however, is not for Himself, but for His disciples and for all who would believe in Him. He asks for “another Comforter, that he may abide with you [the disciples] for ever.” This would have been great news to the disciples. They would have been glad to know that someone else would be coming to be with them just as Jesus had been with them. And, not just someone else, but someone just like Jesus — that is what the Greek word used for “another” means — another of the same kind.
The word “Comforter” has the meaning of someone who is called upon to help or to come to one’s aid. One writer said this word, “signifies not only a comforter, but also an advocate, a defender of a cause, a counsellor, a patron, and a mediator.” The Bible Exposition Commentary states, “The Holy Spirit is given two special names by our Lord: ‘another Comforter’ and ‘the Spirit of truth.’ The Greek word translated ‘Comforter’ is pa-ra-kli-tos and it is used only by John. It means one who is ‘called alongside to assist.’ The Holy Spirit does not work instead of us, or in spite of us, but in us and through us. Our English word comfort comes from two Latin words meaning ‘with strength.’ We usually think of ‘comfort’ as soothing someone, consoling him or her, and to some extent this is true. But true comfort strengthens us to face life bravely and keep on going. It does not rob us of responsibility or make it easy for us to give up. Some translations call the Holy Spirit ‘the Encourager,’ and this is a good choice of words.”
The Comforter, the Holy Spirit — the Third Person of the Trinity — is all of this and more. God answered this prayer request for Jesus on the behalf of the disciples after Jesus returned to Heaven. Since then, every believer has been filled with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus told His disciples that the Holy Spirit would “abide” with them forever. Jesus was leaving, but the Holy Spirit would be with God’s children for all time. He fulfills in those who are saved the same role that Jesus’ physical presence fulfilled when He was with His disciples. He teaches us, explains things to us, guides us in the right direction, and helps us to see the world through God’s eyes.
The Holy Spirit is better than the best of friends. A good friend encourages you, supports you, comforts you, strengthens you, explains things to you, and helps you make right decisions, but a good friend must eventually leave you and live his or her own life. Those of us who believe in Jesus are blessed to have the greatest Friend in the world — one who abides with us forever.
Andrew Reed wrote —
Holy Spirit, truth divine,
dawn upon this soul of mine;
Voice of God and inward light,
wake my spirit, clear my sight.
Holy Spirit, love divine,
glow within this heart of mine.
Kindle every high desire,
purify me with your fire.
Holy Spirit, power divine,
fill and nerve this will of mine.
Boldly may I always live,
bravely serve, and gladly give.
You can have this Friend in your life as well if you place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ today. You too can have the Holy Spirit as your Comforter in this life.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.