John 14:18 ” I will not leave you as orphans…”

Jesus had been truthful to His disciples from the beginning of His Ministry about Him returning to heaven. The disciples had heard what He was saying, but never fully grasped the meaning until the end. In this conversation with them here in John the disciples are very sorrowful…their anguish heightened at the thought of being abandoned as deprived and defenseless orphans. But Jesus reassures them with the promise of the coming Holy Spirit, “You will know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.” In other words, the Holy Spirit will come as a Counselor who dwells in you not just with you. And Jesus went on to assure them, “And He will remind you of everything I have said to you.” …telling you nothing but stories of My love for you, turning your sorrow into joy.

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