He will glorify me ...

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. -John 16:12-14 NRSV

It is so remarkable that Jesus displays such care for the wellbeing of his friends in the hours before his torturous death. His words exude such a loving concern for these who he has been with these past years. He seems to understand the necessity of his absence and the Holy Spirit's presence. Yet his followers seem so clueless about their future.

I sometimes think that the book of Acts should have been titled the Acts of the Holy Spirit. In that book we see the things that Jesus speaks about in these verses come to fruition. Clueless people become spiritual leaders. Jesus is glorified as the Holy Spirit comes in the lives of the disciples. Eyes are opened to truth. And the message lives yet today.

Fall on us afresh dear Spirit of God. Open our eyes and guide us into truth. Glorify Jesus in us.

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

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