The Promise

  

    Jesus had walked the shores of Galilee, healed the sick, opened the eyes of the blind, made the lame to walk, the deaf to hear, fed the multitudes, and taken authority over nature, speaking as one who had the power to do it.  He cast out devils, turned the water in to wine, and set the captives free.

    Jesus went into the towns and synagogues and preached the Gospel.  He taught about God the Father who sent Him.  As He went, He called selected men to become his disciples.  These men had one thing in common, they left everything and everyone and followed Jesus.

 

 PETER AND HIS BROTHER ANDREW

WERE FISHERMEN.

 

Mark 1: 16-18

(16)  Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

(17)  And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.

(18)  And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.

 

    James and John were also fishermen and they also followed Him.  Matthew was a tax collector.  After three years of constantly being with Him, Jesus said that he was going away.  What pain must have run through their hearts to be left alone after all this time of being with Him and after having left their jobs and families.  As they were gathered together in the upper room Jesus said:

 

"IF YOU LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS"

 

    He turned their attention to love and the love they had for Him.  Man will do anything if he actually loves someone with all his heart.  Love will make a man leave his house, job or family to serve.  Jesus told them that because they loved Him, they would do what He told them to do.

    Deep down He is saying to them, I've taken care of you these past years and I am not going to quit doing it now.  He was also getting ready to give them promised commandments that would change their entire lives and ministry.

 

ANOTHER COMFORTER

 

John 14: 16

(16)  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever;

 

    He revealed through prayer to the Father, that another Comforter would be given to them, that He would not leave them comfortless, and it would not be long until the world would not see Him anymore.  Jesus said that He was going to live and because of this, they would live also.  In the Scripture, Jesus said that He would abide with us forever.

 

HE    

 

    This "He" is actually another person.  Jesus calls Him the Comforter, and said that He would abide with us forever.  This person was coming to be with them as Jesus had been.  Jesus said that He would not be leaving them which amazed them all.  Who was this person that Jesus is speaking of that the Father is going to send?  Jesus said,"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost.

 

John 14: 26

(26)  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your rememberance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

 

    The Holy Ghost is a "He," a person, a Divine Being. The Holy Ghost has always been.

 

Genesis 1: 1-2

(1)  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

(2)  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

 

    Here we have record of God's Spirit in the beginning since He has always been.  In the old Testament days, the Holy Spirit came upon men for special jobs that God had given them to do, such as prophets who were under the spirit of God and all the writers who took part in recording God's Word.

    The Spirit of the Lord was with most of the mighty men of the Old Testament and strengthened them for their tasks.  In those days, when the Spirit came upon a person, he usually prophesied.  Saul, after he was anointed with oil and started to leave, came to a hill.

 

1 Samuel 10: 10

(10)  And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.

 

     Saul was going to become king and he was anointed for this particular task.

    The Spirit of the Lord was mighty upon Samson.  Samson was bound with cords, or what today we call ropes, and was delivered into the hands of the Philistines as they shouted against him.

    The Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon Samson and the cords that his arms were bound with became flax that was burned with fire and his bands fell from his hands.

    He took the jawbone of an ass and slew a thousand men.  One man prevailed against a thousand because the Spirit of the Lord was on him.

    The spirit came upon other great men of the Bible such as Elijah the prophet.  He called down fire from heaven, shut up the heavens so that it did not rain for three and a half years, and then prayed again and the earth received rain.

    He destroyed all the prophets of Baal, then at the end of his life, Elijah was taken to heaven by a whirlwind in a chariot of fire pulled by horses of fire.

    Elisha wanted a double portion of the Spirit that was on Elijah - and he received it - then he proceeded to do great miracles with his power.

    The Lord God was with Solomon and magnified him exceedingly and all wisdom was given to him.

    It has been prophesied all the way through the Bible that Jesus would come and be born of a virgin, and would be conceived in her by the Holy Ghost.  Jesus was born of the Spirit, led of the Spirit, and baptized in the Spirit.

    Jesus told the disciples that the Holy Ghost who was going to indwell them was the same Holy Ghost they would receive; was the same Spirit that enabled Saul to prophesy; Samson to be strong; Elijah to call fire down from heaven; and Solomon to be wise.  He also enabled the Virgin Mary to conceive in her womb the Lord Jesus.

 

AT THAT DAY

John 14: 20

(12)  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

 

    The Holy Ghost was not just going to be given for a day or just a little while, but He would abide with them forever.  This great power was not actually coming by Himself, but was a promise that Jesus received of the Father when He prayed. 

 

I HAVE YET MANY THINGS

John 16: 12

(12)  I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

 

    Jesus gave commandments to His disciples.  He had many other things that He wanted to tell them, but He said they could not bear them at that time.  He told them that when the Holy Ghost came, He would tell them what they needed to hear.  When we are saved and filled with the Spirit, we have direct communication with Jesus.

 

 SHOW IT UNTO YOU

 

Jesus said about the Father,

 

 

John 16: 14

(14)  He shall glorify me: for he shall shew it unto you.

 

    The Holy Ghost would not speak of Himself but would take from Jesus and show it to the disciples.

    Jesus knew that the disciples were sorrowful in their hearts because they did not want Him to go away.  He said it  was urgent that he went away, for the Comforter (the Holy Ghost) would not come.  Jesus said that He wound send the comforter to them when He left.

 

John 16: 7

(7)  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away, the comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

 

    While on earth, Jesus was limited to how he was with them but there was coming a day He was even going to be closer to them than He had been in the flesh.

    This was one of the reasons it was urgent for Jesus to go away.  But the greatest reason was His time had come to accomplish the mission the Father had sent Him to do.  He would pay for our sins with His own blood - His life.

    The promise was made to the disciples and to all who would believe that the Father was going to send another Comforter and this Comforter, Helper, Companion Would be the Holy Ghost.  The promise was not only to the disciples in that day, but to all whom the Lord shall call.

 

Acts 2: 39

(39)  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.