Pondering for Friday, April 24, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Friday after the 2nd Sunday of Easter: Year 2

Psalm 16, 17; Psalm 134, 135 Exod. 16:23-36; 1 Pet. 3:13-4:6; John 16:1-15

“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:7)

I used to wonder why people in the comic book, especially Lois Lane, didn’t realize that if she never saw Clark Kent and Superman at the same time, they might be the same person! It is amazing what a suit and a pair of glasses will do. 

Jesus says “if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.”  So, they are one and the same perhaps. I just feel like this is God’s way of really knowing what it is like to be one of us.  In Christ Jesus, God experiences our joy, pain, sorrow, abuse, tyranny, foods, relationships, work, play and on and on. There is no existence or experience in human life that God has not experienced personally. Therefore, God knows all, and every kind of our delights and our troubles.  As the old hymn goes, “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, Nobody knows but Jesus.”

Our Advocate, sent by our Lord Jesus, can best be summed up in the words of the Preacher to the Hebrews as he writes, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” (Hebrews 4:15) I think it is just as important to believe in eternal life as it is to believe in God.  Without the expected accountability to come and life everlasting, where is the instruction of our conduct now, in this life? We need to be learning now and improve ourselves daily.

So you see boys and girls, God is so smart, so fair, so understanding, and so empathetic. God knows us and what we are going through.  We ought to live our lives fully understanding that God is with us and will advocate on our behalf in this life; but more importantly, God will advocate for us in the kingdom of heaven yet to come. Thank You Lord Jesus.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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