I like to study the Bible and wrestle with its words. I must fit it and find my place in it. Jesus has promises contained here that I need to understand, and commands that I must obey, and joy that I can experience, and grace that I can receive. What about you?
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Lent 2016--Day Twenty
John 15:26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning. Jesus tries to encourage the disciples. They are still together, but they know now there are enemies about and Jesus is threatened. He does not fear what's coming, but he knows it will be bad. He has yet to pray the final prayer of surrender in the Garden of Gethsemane, but he is trying to prepare them for what will come. He wants them to know their testimony will be required as an integral part of the mission. They will have to remember and speak up. They will have to tell others what he said and carry on when he is gone. They had been with him from the beginning, and they knew the truth about him, about his connection with the Father, about his Transformation, about his love. Their testimony would be crucial for the believers and for the Church. They would have a new Spirit with them to guide them, but their witness was still their greatest strength because they had been with him from the start. We have a testimony, too. What has he done for you? Has he blessed you? Saved you? Brought you into a new life with the Father and the Spirit? You, too, must testify!