RHYTHM: The Advocate – John 14

Pentecost John 14Pentecost: John 14:8-17 (25-27)

Reading: John 14:8-17 (25-27)

The Advocate

Everybody does the wind and the tongues of flame bit on Pentecost. Let’s take the road less traveled.

The story in John 14 echoes some of Jesus’ other what-did-I-just-say moments with the disciples. Jesus says, “If you know me, you will know my father also. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

“Yeah so, if you’d just show us the father, that would be cool.”

There’s an argument to be made that Jesus came in the flesh just for the ability to exhale and count slowly backward from 10.

Jesus is trying as hard as he can go to provide connection between God and the disciples through himself, but they’re just not getting it. “I’M LIKE GOD BE LIKE ME BE LIKE GOD,” he might have yelled at them next. Instead, he offers another connection to God.

The Advocate.

This advocate would come not for a time, but to be with us forever. Additionally, Jesus offers his peace. Possibly the greatest news for the disciples in this story is that Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit would remind them of all that he had told them. “Including what I just said,” he might have added.

For reflection:

What questions do you have about the Holy Spirit? Who do you discuss such questions with?

How do you deal with questions from your youth that you’re not prepared to answer?

 

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