Do not let your hearts be troubled.

I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
-John 14:25-27 NRSV    

Jesus has made a stunning announcement. He is going to die and return to heaven. It is hard to imagine how this impacted his disciples. I imagine they sat bewildered. In a state of denial. How could they get their heads around such news. And what about this holy advocate? What is that all about? I cannot imagine the thoughts flooding their heads.

Two millennia later we look back thinking that we understand but often struggle to find that peace Jesus spoke about. We struggle to experience the peace of Christ. Things happen and we are afraid. Our hearts are troubled because we forget that the Advocate, the One who fights for us, is with us and is reminding us of the things that Jesus said.

Come Holy Advocate. Defend us. Speak for us. Teach us. Remind us of what Jesus said.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.

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