Summary: Three part series of being prepared by God
You Got to Know the Ghost Named Holy!
In the opening of the 14th chapter of the dissertation rendered by John, he is painting a vivid picture of the moments of preparation of the disciples by Jesus Christ during His final hours with them. The opening statement of this chapter by Jesus gives us a glimpse of the mindset of His boys. It gives you a glimmer of their demeanor. It lets us see that their core had been shaken. Here they are, just leaving what they thought was going to be a celebration, and hanging out party, that turned sour. Here at this meal that John and Peter had taken all the necessary steps to make certain everything was just right, only to be exposed and put on front street when Jesus told them He would be denied and rejected by His own. Can you imagine how they must have felt? Peter I could imagine felt like a small bug and wanted to crawl under a rock. Always boasting about being the one who loved Jesus, the most, only to be told he would deny Jesus three times before the rooster climbed up on the pole and went cock-a – doodle-do.
I imagine they were beside themselves. Wondering and worrying “now what?” They had assumed that Jesus would call down a host of angels and take out everyone who ever hurt them or tried to destroy them, “Now What”… I’m certain Thomas probably smirked and said to himself “I knew this stuff was too good to be true….” Andrew might have nudged Peter and said, “I thought he was your boy….” John may have shed a tear because he was about to loose a friend, and we already know that Judas snuck out like a weasel! The same one who had told them He was the way, the truth and the light… Now What…
We have all been in this exact place at sometime in our lives. Some are right there right now! Asking ourselves, “NOW WHAT”. Saying “God, you told me to trust you, but things looking kinda shaky right now. You told me to lean on you, but um…. How can I lean on you when I’m out here all by myself… You said you would provide…but I’m at the midnight hour, and the clock is about to strike the final stroke… NOW WHAT? Stuff just ain’t right…. Now What… Things going awry, Now What… Bills due, folk backing out, parents messing up, kids acting crazy, spouses taking coo coo pills, bosses two shakes past nuts, and I can’t see no help…. NOW WHAT? Stuff hitting the fan, the newest turn of events has left me knocked smooth out…. NOW WHAT? We’ve been there…. If we were honest somebody would say…. still am!
But these first few verses tells us – don’t be scared – don’t be worried – don’t be concerned – it’s a part of a perfected plan…. It’s a part of God’s divine order…. Just believe in me --- trust me enough to believe I’m going to prepare a place for you, so that where I am you will be there too. So many of us embrace this statement as Jesus is getting our house in order in heaven. But when you read the word – and allow the Ghost named Holy, to begin to do more than allow you to read the words, but begins to allow you to absorb their meaning… you will become excited by this scripture. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” (I Corinthians 6:19-20)