“Full of grace and truth”
John 1:14; 16:12-15
May 22, 2016
Introduction: Over the course of the past week I have been involved in 9 to10 meetings. Some of those meetings were of my own choosing and some were not. Meetings are important from the stand point of sharing information and making decisions for future direction, especially when it involves spending money or changing the course of an organization.
Jesus came to bring a message of God’s love for everyone, everywhere, at all times. Our text from John 16:12-15 has Jesus in a strategy meeting with his disciples. Will they hear and receive the message that he is giving them and in so doing receive Jesus into their lives? Jesus says that he is going to send the Holy Spirit to continue the work that he has started in them and in us.
Ex. In the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes we read that there is a season for everything under heaven.
“There is a time for time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven; a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
What does the worker gain from his toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
Timing is everything! There are moments to speak and moments to be silent. Wisdom, the first thing of God’s creation, challenges us to understand the difference between the two at important times in our lives.
I.) What Jesus says to his disciples and to us.
A.) We are in what is truly best known as “The Lord’s Prayer” here in the 16th chapter of John.
1. Jesus has shared so much with his disciples in these last days of his earthly life.
2. Maybe to much.
3. Maybe they have reached a saturation point and are having a difficult time grasping everything Jesus is saying to them.
4. What to say and when to say it? Always hard to know when you are the leader.
5. In any relationship this is crucial and in this most important relationship of all between Jesus and his disciples, it is really crucial for the future of the church down to this very day and into the future!
6. The things he is sharing with the disciples will change the course of their lives and indeed the course of our lives as well!
7. What he shared with them changed the course of human history completely.
II.) The work of the Holy Spirit, then and now.
A.) This demonstrates for us just how important the work of the Holy Spirit is in the life of the believer.
1. Jesus continued to speak to the disciples after his death, burial, resurrection and ascension through the very presence of his Spirit within them and within us.
2. Though out scripture the story is leading up to this point where Emanuel, God with us happens.
3. We must recognize why the Spirit becomes front and center so to speak at the point in the life of the infant church.
4. The Spirit comes to fill in the gaps in the life of the church and it’s understanding of who it is to be in sharing the love of God with a world lost in sin and brokeness, a hurting world.
5. The challenge each of us faces is the ability to trust the leading of the Holy Spirit.
6. We are all called to share the good news of God’s love but how badly we need the Spirit to lead us and guide us in all that we say and do for the glory of God and the building of his kingdom.
7. God’s kingdom is made of people just like you and me, people with the same needs and struggles that we have faced and are facing and will face.
8. God through the presence of the Holy Spirit is and can be present with all of the time.
9. Oh how we struggle, oh how we want to be faithful and serve God but then there are those moments when selfishness gets in the way.
B.) The Spirit has a really good sense of timing, guiding us at just the right moments in our lives.
1. Making known to us that which Jesus needs us to know and use.
2. Telling us what we need to know at just the right moments, when we are able to bear the truth.
3. There is something touching and poignant about the role for the Holy Spirit in the community of faith, the church.
4. The Spirit is not only our advocate or helper, the Spirit is our most intimate companion that connects one breath toe the next.
Conclusion to message: So when we are sitting in meetings and trying make sense of what is being talked about, ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to what is happening and be sensitive to where God is leading us and the group we are a part of.
In fact one of the meetings that I was a part of this week took place in Palmyra with the current moderator and his wife of the EYN church. Some of you have been asking about what is happening to our sisters and brothers in Nigeria. Many good things are happening in this war torn country. The which Boko Haram intended for evil, God has taken and turned it into a blessing as the Gospel is being shared even more as a result of the dispersal of the Christians from the 3 northern districts of the country. Churches have started in the refugee camps and pastors are working to teach the word. I want to close our worship today with a video about the Nigerian response entitled “The Long journey Home.”