When Jesus was about to leave this world, He promised His disciples that He would not leave them alone. Instead, He would send a Helper who would guide them and teach them everything they needed to know. But who was this Helper?
The Helper that Jesus sent to His disciples was none other than the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, along with God the Father and Jesus Christ. He is often referred to as the Comforter or Counselor because of His role in guiding and comforting believers.
What is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is a divine being who has existed since the beginning of time. In Genesis 1:2, we read that “the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” This shows that even at the creation of the world, the Holy Spirit was present.
In John 14:16-17, Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as another advocate who will be with us forever. He says, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth.”
Why did Jesus send the Holy Spirit?
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be our guide and teacher. In John 14:26, Jesus says, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
The Holy Spirit also helps us in our weakness and intercedes for us when we don’t know what to pray for (Romans 8:26-27). He also produces fruit in our lives such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
What happened when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit?
On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out on the disciples. They were all together in one place when suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them (Acts 2:1-4).
This event marked the beginning of the church. The disciples were empowered by the Holy Spirit to go out and spread the gospel message to all nations.
The Helper that Jesus sent to His disciples was not just any ordinary helper. He sent the Holy Spirit, who is God Himself.
The Holy Spirit is our guide, teacher, comforter, and intercessor. He produces fruit in our lives and empowers us to share the gospel with others.
As believers, we can take comfort in knowing that we have been given this incredible gift – the Holy Spirit – who will be with us forever. Let us seek to live our lives in accordance with His leading and guidance.