He will testify on my behalf.

“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning. -John 15:26-27

This is the last discourse that Jesus has with his disciples. He has eaten his last meal with them. Shortly soldiers will come to arrest him. He has been speaking of the hard times that are coming for his disciples. He is telling them of the division to come. They, like him, will be arrested and suffer from persecution. Following Jesus will not be an easy road.

Jesus knows, more than they know, that they will need help to carry on his mission. One who will continue their tutelage. Teach them how to abide in the love of God. Such is the role of the Advocate to come. The weak will be strong when he comes. The fearful, bold. The simple, wise. The ministry of Christ will multiply as these testify on his behalf.

Come Holy Spirit. Embolden us anew. Give us words to speak. Encouraging words. Words of love. We need you.

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

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