Never Leave Me
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Being alone is probably one of the greatest fears anyone could have; no one wants to be alone. We have social groups, clubs, sports, etc., to keep us from being alone. Some statistics show that some forty percent of people stay in a relationship (good, bad or indifferent) just to be with someone. Researchers have even said that being alone or lonely can kill you. Even God said that man shouldn’t be alone; it was not good for him (Gen 2:18). He gave man a physical connection, with the woman (that’s another study), and He gave man a spiritual connection with Himself that man has seemed to let go. But even in giving His Son, He knew the world would reject Him, but decided to send another to abide with us.
Before the time of His departure, Jesus had a meeting with the apostles to inform them of what will happen to Him. He told them of the betrayal (John 13:21-30), of Peter’s denial (John 13: 36-38), and of the way to the Father by Him (John 14:1-14). Now, He is at the point to tell them that when He leaves, they will not be alone. He would ask the Father to send them another Comforter or Helper. The word “comforter” is in Greek “parakletos” which means “one called alongside to help”. Notice that Christ didn’t say “the Comforter” because HE himself was the Comforter, but another Comforter to work along with them. Imagine your parents going out for a night on the town when you were little. They couldn’t bring you along for them to enjoy themselves, but they enlisted some help to work along with them to care for you. But instead of the babysitter being there just for the moment, our Comforter will be with us forever.
God has though enough of you to give you someone to help you through life. Some of you have been blessed (and will be blessed) to have someone to be with you to help your emotional and physical needs. But we all have someone, the Holy Spirit, to help our spiritual needs. The Father sent the Son to fulfill the law and when the Son was finished, sent the Spirit to comfort the believers until the day of the Son’s return. He promised to never leave us lonely, will you accept the Help?