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John 14:15-31: Glory, Part IV – The Advocate

Thursday, July 21, 2022advocate

We have explored the mystery of Christ’s power that is found in humility, emptiness, and service. We have examined Jesus’ words as recorded by John, The Beloved Apostle. And we have carried God’s glory with us in our pockets, as our bookmarks, and as our bedtime reminders that Jesus is with us constantly. Knowing all of this, we look to find God’s glory in the Advocate that Jesus assures us is with us always.

Today’s lesson on Glory: There is no reason for us to look for glory in awards, in accolades, or in any external place in our lives. God’s glory – the glory that is eternal – comes to us and resides in us through the Advocate.

Jesus says: I will not leave you orphans. I will come to you.

God says: Read Psalm 139 to remind yourself of how intimately I know you. Remember that I made you out of love to be loved.

Jesus says: In a while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live.

God says: I have made you to be with me forever.

Jesus says: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.

God says: I have made plans for your joy, not your woe. Read the words of my prophet Jeremiah if you doubt me.

Jesus says: Not as the world gives do I give it to you.

God says: Do not expect to find my glory in the awards and power that the world can give you. Look for me in your humility. Look for me when you serve others. Look for me in the empty times in your life.

Jesus says: Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

God says: Look for me in your fears and disappointment. Know that my Advocate lives within you.

Jesus says: Get up, let us go.

God says: Once you have discovered that I have taken up residence in your heart . . . move out into the world to take me with you as you encounter others. Share this good news with all who have ears to hear. 

In today’s Noontime we hear words from Jesus that must be held and treasured. Keep them with you in writing. Carry them as mantras that will sustain you. Share them others who also look to find God’s glory.

And let us pray,

Holy and omniscient God, you have told us that you reside in us and this we struggle to believe. You have told us that we find our glory in unexpected places. You have told us that we need not fear anyone or anything. Help us with our fears and disappointments. Guide us in our search to know you intimately. We ask all of this in Jesus’ name. Amen.  

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