Waynedale United Methodist Church
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March 11, 2018 Sermon

“The Final Discourse”
John 14:15 – 26
Ted Jansen March 11, 2018 Waynedale UMC
 
1.)        It is important for John to share in his Gospel the final words of Jesus the night before He was crucified. What we discover is that five chapters cover His words this evening in the Upper Room. (John 13 – 17) The interesting thing is that chapters 14 – 17 are only found in John’s Gospel. These are the words that Jesus hoped would bring the disciples strength, reassurance and courage as they lived in the days ahead.  
            It was like a coach giving a challenging speech right before a big game to the players. The disciples, like players, have spent time going over the game plan and practicing but Coach Jesus knows that they will be on their own and Jesus wants to encourage them.
 
2.)        I want to focus on a few verses from John 14. As I was reading this scripture the importance of the Holy Spirit and His role was central in what Jesus wanted to teach the disciples.  
            Jesus is stressing important truths about His life, His relationship with the Father, and His relationship with the Holy Spirit. 
            We can tell that Jesus is emphasizing to His disciples because of the way He is using the term, “I.”   He is telling them truth and He wants them to get it.   Here are verses from John 14. 
 
3.)        I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth.” (John 14:16, 17)
            “will not leave you as orphans.” (John 14:18)
            “will come to you.” (John 14:18)
            “am in my Father, and you are in me, and am in you.” (John 14:20)
            “All this have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything have said to you.” (John 14:25, 26)
 
 
4.)        will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-the Spirit of truth.”           
We have the Holy Spirit today because Jesus Christ asked the Father for the Spirit to come to us. This is a great gift of love to us that Jesus asked the Father for. The Holy Spirit.   
            We had no idea how important the Holy Spirit would be for our lives. Jesus knew that we would need the Holy Spirit each day of our lives. That is why He prayed. 
            The word Counselor in this verse has been translated to mean, “Helper, Comforter, or Advocate.” We all need help, comfort counsel, someone to be “on our side” in life.     
            Did you know that Jesus prays for you to have the Holy Spirit? 
 
5.)        will not leave you.”           
This vital assurance needed to be communicated by Jesus. Jesus knew all of the disciples would leave Him, some would betray Him, deny Him or run away from Him in His greatest time of need. Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, tells the disciples that He will not leave them. Jesus said He would not leave them as orphans. They would not be abandoned. One definition of an orphan is that it is someone whose parents are dead. The disciples might have felt spiritually dead without Jesus. But that was only for 3 days! 
            Do you know that the Lord, through the Holy Spirit is with you, right now? Each of us have a need for someone to be present with us especially when we go through hard times. We need someone to be with us.   The Holy Spirit loves you. 
             
6.)        will come to you.”                        
We have the assurance that God is reaching towards us, God is loving us, God is coming to us. I will come to you are comforting words. Coming is an active way of expressing love.      
            Jesus told stories about the active love of the Father. These words were to remind the disciples of this truth.   
            In a story of the Prodigal Son we hear of a father running towards his broken down son when the son turns toward home. When they meet the father plans a big party with food, music and dancing. 
In a story of a Shepherd we hear that he left ninety nine sheep to look for one lost sheep. When he found that lost sheep he had great joy.    
             Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit come to us with joy and love. 
            Do you know that the Holy Spirit, as Christ’s Spirit, is coming to you to love you, to forgive you, to heal you, to bless you, to be with you? John Wesley believed in the love of God called grace and it is active in all of our lives. God’s grace comes to us when we don’t even know it. God’s grace comes to us when we see it and believe it. God’s grace continues to come to us to make us more like Christ.    
 
7.)        am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”  
Jesus tells us that as He is in the Father so He is in us. We can know Christ through the Holy Spirit in our spirit. We have the assurance that the love of God in Christ is inside of us.     
            Armatha Green Brown told a story about how you can “know” that God dwells with you and loves you and is inside of you.    
            It is like a girl who goes fishing and has a worm on the end of her hook. She casts out the hook into the water and waits. She cannot see the hook or worm under the water or the fish. When she feels a tug on her line she can tell a fish is taking the bait. If she sets the hook she can catch a fish. The tug on her line is proof that she has something.    
            Our heart can sense the tugging of God, through the Holy Spirit. Jesus is inside of us and it is through the Holy Spirit that we know the tug. . 
 
8.)        “All this have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything have said to you.” 
            The Holy Spirit will do the ministry of Jesus Christ after Jesus is resurrected and ascended. A part of that ministry that the Holy Spirit will teach and remind disciples of what is vital. 
            This is great news. There was no way the disciples had learned all they needed to learn in three years. There is no way that they could remember all the important things about being a disciple of Jesus.   
            The Holy Spirit will teach us and remind us for a lifetime and I am thankful for that.       
 
9.)        When you read scripture, come to worship, listen to Christian music, serve with your hands, etc. the Holy Spirit is teaching you. You need to learn more about Christ, about the faith, about the church, about God’s Kingdom on earth. You are a lifelong student and Christ, through the Holy Spirit, is our teacher. 
When you know that you are loved, forgiven, healed, and given peace it is a reminder that God’s Spirit is real. The Holy Spirit reminds us what we need to know about sin, selfishness, love and forgiveness.      
 
10.)      There is a newer song called, “Holy Spirit, You Are Welcome Here,” written in 2012 by Bryan and Katie Torwalt. Francesca Battistelli and others sing it. This song is a prayer, an invitation, and a celebration of the Holy Spirit. As I thought about the Holy Spirit that song came to my mind. Listen to some of the words.      
There's nothing worth more that could ever come close No thing can compare, You're our living hope. Your presence, Lord
            I've tasted and seen of the sweetest of loves Where my heart becomes free and my shame is undone In your presence, Lord
            Holy Spirit, You are welcome here Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for To be overcome by Your presence, Lord
 
 11.)     Kaitlyn Bouchillon was a young woman serving the Lord in Haiti in 2015. Her mission team was going into villages to see what needs they could meet. They wanted to care for the people as a way of sharing God’s love. One day as they were trying to talk to people some men started talking loudly. It appeared that people were upset and confused by the group. She wasn’t sure what was going to happen.     
            Kaitlyn shared in her blog that she wasn’t sure how to pray in that situation. The words to that song came to her and she sang it quietly and softly as a prayer. “Holy Spirit You Are Welcome Here…” It is a song that invites, asks, and celebrates the Holy Spirit in all of life.  
            There are times, especially when we are in tough situations and circumstances that we are not sure what to pray. We can invite the Holy Spirit and ask for His presence to be with us. 
 
12.)      I am going to have you listen to the song, “Holy Spirit, You are Welcome Here.” I encourage you to sing it and pray it. I pray that we would welcome the Holy Spirit in this sanctuary, our congregation, in our lives, and in our homes. 
            I believe someone needs to allow the Holy Spirit to be welcomed into your heart, your life, your marriage, your circumstance. I pray that as you listen you would allow this song to be your prayer.  
            I believe God’s Holy Spirit is going to bring healing, hope, forgiveness, joy, peace as you pray and welcome the Holy Spirit.