On this day Pastor John wanted to take a few moments to talk about the graciousness, kindness, and gentleness of the Holy Spirit. Isn’t it amazing that an all-powerful God, a God who could create the universe, a God who could hold the seas in his hand could be so gentle. How kind He is in understanding our emotions and our difficulties, and how marvelous He is in tolerating us.
15 “If you love Me, keep[d] My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
Here we find some words that Jesus spoke when he was at the Last Supper with his disciples. Pastor John says that these are mysterious words and that the disciples couldn’t have truly understood them. Just as many of us today still don’t understand. Many of us think that when Jesus says, “a little while and you will see me” He meant this 2,000-year span, but 2,000 years is not a little while. The early disciples would have felt like orphans if Jesus hadn’t returned to them in the power of the Holy Spirit.
What I want you to see tonight about the Holy Spirit is that he is the one who manifests and brings to us the essence of the person of Jesus.”
He’s not just a neutral force. He is not just God’s power moving around the earth. He isn’t just an energy. He literally is the Paraclete, the one who comes alongside and takes Jesus’ place with his disciples so that we won’t be orphans, we won’t be without God’s presence. The Holy Spirit is the barer and the carrier of his presence.
The only reason Jesus wants our service is if we love him. The only basis for serving him is because you love him. According to Pastor John this could be one of the most liberating things that can ever hit you. Pastor John said that he has such a difficulty with people in his own spirit with preachers and ministers who complain about the call of God on their heart. People who act like serving God is some curse or bad thing that comes to them because Jesus only wants your service if you love him more than other things.
Do you love Jesus? That’s the qualification for serving him. Just loving him.”
Jesus was moving this way with his disciples because the Holy Spirit was not yet poured out into them. Today we have the Holy Spirit moving just like Jesus did because they are one. He is calling us to confess our love to him so that we can be freed from self-doubt, self-criticism, depressions, and from the sense of failure. He puts it right back on the right issue because when you confess to him as Lord his blood cleansed you from every sin. What’s wonderful is that God covers our failures with his own righteousness and we have been cleansed by his blood. What He looks for is do we love him.
That’s really the issue on your service to God. Do you love him. And just like Jesus did to them, the Holy Spirit is doing here tonight to some of you. It isn’t a matter of forgiveness, it’s a matter of do you love him.”