Life is full of joys and sorrows, and so we ride this roller coaster. Sometimes we soar around the curves raising our hands and accepting the adventure and the thrills. Other times we cling to the bars as the roller coaster spins at a break neck speed around curves that catch us off guard. That is life and Jesus knew this. He explains it to the disciples in John 16:33 “In this world you will have trouble but be brave! I have defeated the world.” We need help navigating this roller coaster. Jesus gave it. “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever. The Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him because it neither see Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.” John 14:16
I have determined that I am braver when riding a roller coaster with a close companion because I know that person has the same trepidations as I do as we chug along climbing ever upward to the pinnacle just so we can fall precariously straight down. I need a Paraclete.
That is the Greek terminology of the word advocate that Jesus uses in John 16:33
Paraclete – from the words “Para” meaning close-beside, and “Kaleo” meaning a legal advocate who makes the right judgment call because they are close enough to the situation.
Holy Spirit – Paraclete – someone who walks close beside you being your legal advocate. The Holy Spirit always makes the right judgement call because He is close enough to every situation I face.
In Hebrew the Holy Spirit is “Ruach Hakodesh” meaning “Divine Inspiration”
During that first Christmas, the Holy Spirit of God played an integral part delivering God’s Only Son into this world. The Holy Spirit divinely inspired Zachariah do sing his song of praise to God, “The Benedictus of Zachariah.”
I looked up the word “inspiration.” It means the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
The Holy Spirit of God stimulated and filled Zechariah with this song of praise that has been handed down for thousands of years.
Only the creativity and imaginative nature of our God could dream up such an outlandish plan of salvation. Who but God has the imagination and power to put His One and Only Son into the womb of a young virgin girl?
The Holy Spirit of God. Our promised helper. He implanted the Baby Jesus into our world. He can still implant The King Jesus into our hearts.
I hope you are enjoying the book “Through Their Eyes.”
If you are behind, don’t worry, I got behind writing these posts. I pray you keep reading because I have a few Christmas gifts beginning on page 117. The section is entitled my Christmas Journey. We are closing out Advent 2016. Christmas is just four days away. The devotional and stories you find in this section begin on Christmas Eve. The last few days leading up to Christmas are so jam packed with preparations, so I left a few days of devotional out. School children are having Christmas pageants and parties. Last minute shoppers are flooding the aisles looking at the best Christmas deals. The bakers and the candy makers are heating up their ovens. I left the last four days open for the busyness and the hustling and bustling, but please join me again on December 24th. Every thing can stop and we can have our Silent Night. Our ADVENTure leads us to the climatic entrance of the KING OF KINGS and the LORD OF LORD’S. A Light is about to dawn upon those living in darkness. Many are about to miss this blessed event because they are wearing sunglasses and are enamored with themselves and this present darkness. They had grown accustomed to the dark, and are too busy to stop and witness the Glory of God shining all around them. Everything I have written so far propels me to This Silent Night. Mary and Joseph are packed for a long arduous donkey ride. They travel with a great caravan, both visible and unseen. Please keep reading and don’t miss the wonder of that first Christmas night.
What are your thoughts on the gift of the Holy Spirit?