Gospel: John 14:8-17 (25-27)
Philip said to (Jesus), “Lord, show us the Father, and wewill be satisfied. “
Jesus said to him, “Have I been withyou all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?Whoever has seen me has seen my Father. How can yousay, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I amin the Father and the Father in me? The words that I say toyou I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwellsin me does his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.
Very truly, I tell you,the one who believes in me will also do the works that I doand, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I amgoing to the Father.
I will do whatever you ask in myname, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If inmy name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.
This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because heabides with you, and he will be in you.”[
“I have said these things to you while I am still withyou.
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, andremind you of all that I have said to you.
Peace I leavewith you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you asthe world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and donot let them be afraid.”]
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN ?
I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.
Therefore must we learn to know the Holy Spirit and believe Him to be as Christ describes Him and sets Him before the eye of the soul, namely, that He is not a Spirit of wrath and terror but of grace and comfort, and that thus thewhole Godhead shows nothing but comfort. The Father willsto comfort us, for He gives the Holy Ghost; the Son givescomfort, for He prays the Father to send Him; and the HolyGhost is Himself the Comforter. There is therefore no terror,threat, or wrath over Christians, but only gracious laughter and sweet comfort in heaven and on earth. And why is that?The reason is (He says) because you have already enoughtorturers and hangmen to plague and frighten you.This is the right way of teaching the Holy Ghost, thatHe is called a Comforter, and that that is His nature,character, and ministry. His divine essence or substance wewill not now discuss in any detail. As regards His Godhead,He is of indivisible divine essence with the Father and theSon; but to us He is called a Comforter, and a comforter isone who makes a sad heart glad and joyful toward God andtells you to be of good cheer for your sins are forgiven, deathis slain, heaven is open, and God smiles upon you. Whoever could grasp this definition rightly would have already wonthe victory and would not find or see anything but sheer comfort and joy in heaven and on earth.
Exposition of John xiv.
W.A 45. 562 ff.
Taken from the book:Day by Day We Magnify Thee
by Martin Luther