A Light for My Path Devotional

The Comforter, Part I, Jesus’s Promise

ACTS 2:1-4 (NKJV)
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Jesus spoke truth to the disciples as they shared their Passover dinner in the upper room just hours before He was arrested, tried, and crucified. He tried to prepare them for what lay ahead, but their limited understanding kept the cloud of confusion swirling around their heads.

“I go to prepare a place for you,” He said. “I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever . . . I will not leave you comfortless . . . the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” With these words and the promise of divine peace that would rest on them, Christ and the disciples left the upper chamber and walked through the vineyards toward the Garden of Gethsemane, (John 14).

As they walked in the moonlit hours of the evening, Christ challenged His beloved disciples to stay connected to Him, just as the branches in the vineyard were connected to the life giving vine. Then once more, He reminded them, “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning, (John 15:26-27).

Then, in a strategic turn of events, Christ was betrayed, arrested, tried, and condemned to death by crucifixion. Praise God, Christ didn’t stay dead! Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus spoke one last time with His disciples, then He ascended back to Heaven. His disciples stood and watched Him go; then they waited in Jerusalem for the Spirit to come just as He told them to. When the Holy Spirit came upon them, they were amazed and empowered for they spoke in known languages which were previously unknown to them. The promise Christ gave them was fulfilled. His Spirit—the great Comforter—had come!

Frank Bottome captured the excitement of this event in the words of his song, “The Comforter Has Come!”

O spread the tidings ‘round, wherever man is found,
Wherever human hearts and human woes abound;
Let ev’ry Christian tongue proclaim the joyful sound:
The Comforter has come!

The Comforter has come, the Comforter has come!
The Holy Ghost from Heav’n, the Father’s promise giv’n;
O spread the tidings ‘round, wherever man is found–
The Comforter has come!

The long, long night is past; the morning breaks at last,
And hushed the dreadful wail and fury of the blast,
As o’er the golden hills the day advances fast!
The Comforter has come!

Lo, the great King of kings, with healing in His wings,
To ev’ry captive soul a full deliverance brings;
And thro’ the vacant cells the song of triumph rings;
The Comforter has come!

O boundless love divine! how shall this tongue of mine
To wond’ring mortals tell the matchless grace divine—
That I, a child of hell, should in His image shine!
The Comforter has come!

If you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, then you have the indwelling Holy Spirit to comfort and guide you each step of life’s journey. Now that’s exciting!

Prayer: Gracious God, the gift of Your indwelling Holy Spirit is amazing! Thank You for the comfort and help He provides for me every day.

Words to Ponder: “If I think of the Spirit as an influence, I wonder how I can get hold of it. If I think of the Spirit as a person, my thought is how can He get hold of me?”
–R.A. Torrey

Related Hymn: The Comforter Has Come!

By Ann Shorb
©Copyright, Ann Shorb, 2013

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

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