When you think of the Jesus with His disciples in the upper room, what do you think of?
- Or, maybe the announcement of coming betrayal?
- While that is true, I want to inject another thought into your upper room thoughts…….
- A trinitarian thought.
When you think of the upper room, think of….. the Trinity and specifically the Spirit.
The Spirit? Yes, the Spirit!
It is in that upper room Christ gives us a promise that we would do well to consider.
John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever…
I want us to consider 2 words from John 14:16 today.
Let’s tackle the “Helper” first and then we will come back around to the word “another”.
Re-read John 14:16. Did you catch the promise Jesus just made to His disciples. That promise is not only for His first disciples, it is for ALL disciples of Jesus Christ!
Jesus is telling those 1st disciples that He is going to be leaving them. Imagine the despair in the disciples hearts! Imagine the fear, the hopelessness, and defeat these men felt at that moment. Jesus, seeks to comfort them at that moment with these words –
“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever” (John 14:16).
Jesus is saying – I am leaving guys, but don’t despair.
- I (THE SON) will ask the FATHER to send another HELPER (The Spirit)
Did you catch it? The Trinity is at work seeking to bring comfort to His disciples!
Helper = Parakletos
In the original language the word Comforter here (or Helper depending on your translation) is Parakletos. A parakletos was someone who advocated or stood alongside of another.
R.C. Sproul describes parakletos like this:
Some translations use the word “Comforter” instead of “Helper.” The Greek word that is translated as “Helper” or “Comforter” is parakletos; it is the source of the English word paraclete. This word includes a prefix, para-, that means “alongside,” and a root that is a form of the verb kletos, which means “to call.” So, a parakletos was someone who was called to stand alongside another. It usually was applied to an attorney, but not just any attorney. Technically, the parakletos was the family attorney who was on a permanent retainer. Any time a problem arose in the family…
Sproul, R.C. (2012-11-01). Who Is the Holy Spirit?: 13 (Crucial Questions Series) (Kindle Locations 290-297). Reformation Trust Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Jesus is saying to His disciples – yes, I am leaving you, but I will send ANOTHER Helper. (Parakletos) What incredible news for despairing disciples! You are not alone! I am sending you the Holy Spirit!
Why does Jesus say: Another Helper?
The first Helper is Jesus Christ. He was our Helper by coming to us and taking on human flesh (John 1:14 “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…) God, in the flesh, walking among us! wow! Immanuel, God with us! And, if that is not amazing enough….. He then died for our sins, rose from the dead, and ascended to the right hand of the Father AND THEN He sent His Spirit to be ANOTHER Helper.
This Helper would not dwell among us, this Helper would dwell IN US! Are you kidding me?? If this is not gloriously amazing, you need to check your spiritual pulse!!
The first Helper (Jesus) atoned for our sin
The second Helper (the Holy Spirit) empowers us to live our lives for Christ.
Thank God today for your 1st and 2nd Comforters!
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