St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Sunday, May 26, 2019

Scripture: John 14:23-29

Synopsis: Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as: “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Well enough. But it’s nice to some confirmation, however small, that we are on the right path. This confirmation, these God-incidences, certainly don’t have to come at our command, but it’s nice (maybe a great deal more than nice – vital) when these confirmations, big or small, show up to encourage us on this journey. Jesus assures his disciples, on the eve of his death, of the divine gift of the Advocate (the Greek word is paraclete) who will, according to John 16:13 (later in this discourse) “guide you into all truth.” Here, in John 14:26, the promise involves teaching and reminding the disciples of Jesus’ words of life, after he can no longer be with them as he was in Galilee. The Holy Spirit, who, according to John 3:8 “blows [like the wind] where it chooses,” (not where we choose) reveals Jesus to us, and give us peace unlike anything in this world.