The young man was in his early thirties; the prime of his life. Everyone remarked on his eloquence, his love for the unlovable, his inability to lie. Jesse’s friend were devastated when he was suddenly diagnosed with a terminal disease. His death was not one of those Hallmark movies of quiet lovely goodbyes. No, Jesse suffered terribly. The end finally came. At the service, hundreds of people went through the visitation line to pay their last respects. All those in hearing distance were shocked when an individual in line jumped up in the air with a fist pump and yelled, “Whoo-hoo! Jesse’s died! This is the best thing that’s ever happened to me!”
PETER WANTED TO STAY WITH JESUS
That attitude of that one person in line is the mindset that Jesus was describing in John 16. Jesus was trying to prepare His disciples for the coming days, the tumult of the coming crucifixion, the resurrection and the aftermath. However, the Apostle Peter simply did not want to hear it. Peter was probably sticking his fingers in his ears, loudly humming and ignoring the words of Jesus. His objections may have been: “So what’s going to happen to us? Things are fine as they are.” Afterall, they had invested three years of their lives in Jesus. Peter didn’t want things to change; he wanted to stay with Jesus.
THE MAJOR ADVANTAGE TO JESUS’ DEPARTURE
Despite Peter’s objections, in the Gospel of John, chapter 16, Jesus began to point out one of the major advantages to His departure – the arrival of the Holy Spirit (Advocate; Comforter). All believers for centuries to come would be blessed even more by the arrival and indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This far outnumbers the few who received the opportunity to live with Jesus during those three years.
THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO LOVERS OF JESUS
The norm of the disciples was to be afraid, awkward, self-centered, and immature before Jesus’ death and resurrection, . After Jesus’ departure and the blessed arrival of the Holy Spirit in the upper room, believers became wise, loved unselfishly, gave freely and were courageous. The difference was night and day. We could rephrase the loud declaration at Jesse’s funeral to: “Whoo-hoo! This was the best thing that ever happened to lovers of Jesus!” I wonder if there were some fist pumps in the Upper Room?
EVERY WORD OF TRUTH IS OFFERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
Those in the Upper Room now experienced that the words of the Father which had been passed to the Son were now passed to the Holy Spirit Who then gives them to all believers. This was a whole new playing field. Christ followers who walk by faith in obedience to the Father were now to be guided by the Holy Spirit in all truth. Let me repeat – every word of truth which our Heavenly Father wisely decides we need He offers us by the Holy Spirit. Whoo-hoo!!!!
GOD WHISPERED IN MY EAR
One of my most vivid memories as a new a believer was opening my Bible to read one of the letters to the Church of Corinth. No longer were the words dry. God physically pulled me close and whispered in my ear. All those words on the page, God now made alive to me. This was the best thing that ever happened to me. Whoo-hoo!!
THE BEST COMPANION/TEACHER EVER
The greatest thing is that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit has had a broader and more effective ministry across the world to millions of believers than what the Apostle Peter could ever have imagined in his daily life during Jesus’ three-year ministry tour on earth. Millions of us can yell “This is the best thing that has ever happened to us! We have been given the best Companion/Teacher ever – the Holy Spirit. Whoo-hoo!” Is there a fist pump out there?