Summary: God is always present with Christians through His Spirit.
“We Are Never Home Alone”
By: Reverend Kenneth Emerson Sauer, Pastor of Parkview United Methodist Church, Newport News, VA
Many of us have probably seen the movie: Home Alone.
In it, a large family goes on a Christmas vacation, accidently leaving their ten year-old-son at home.
When they get to their destination they realize what they have done, but they are not able to quickly
book a return flight home.
In the meantime, robbers try breaking into the family house but the young kid is able to foil their schemes.
In our Gospel lesson for this morning, Jesus says: “I will not leave you like orphans; I will come to you.
Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me.”
Jesus wanted the disciples to know that when He ascended into heaven they would not be left home
Jesus tells His disciples that He will pray to the Father and the Father will send another Counselor--to be
with them forever.
This Counselor is the Holy Spirit.
The word used to describe the Holy Spirit is translated as comforter, counselor, advocate or friend.
In this passage, Jesus is in the Upper Room spending the last hours He will ever have with His disciples here
He is covering the major subjects they need to grasp before His death.
He is revealing and filling them with the glorious truths that will help them through the upcoming trials
they are going to face.
And the greatest truth is that believers are to receive the very presence of God Himself in the Person of
the Holy Spirit.
And isn’t this refreshing?
Especially in a day and age when so many of us are left as orphans?
So many children are thrown away or given away....
....so many people grow older and lose their spouses and their children forget about them....
but Jesus is not going to do this.
No matter what our age, we are all still children at heart.
Let’s face it...life does not last very long.
When I was a child I used to think that adults had all the answers.
I used to think that adults somehow had it all together.
Now that I am an adult....I know for a fact that this is not true.
Some of us may think that we are completely independent or that we can make it on our own--without any
help....but this isn’t so.
We all need someone to watch over us, to shepherd and guide us.
And God has sent such a presence to those of us who trust in Jesus--the Holy Spirit!
When Jesus told the disciples that He was going away, they must have felt like they were being left alone,
but Jesus assures them...Jesus assures us...
That we will not be left alone.
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
A few years ago, there was a popular song by an artist I can not remember the name of called, God is
And this is true, this is Oh, so true!!!
No matter what obstacles life puts in our way.....
No matter what obstacles we put in our own way....
No matter how bad or good we feel.....
No matter who we are....
No matter where we are.....
Our Counselor, our Advocate, our friend, our God is right there by our side!
He weeps with us....