I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you.
(John. 14:25–26 MESSAGE)
Have you ever been with someone when they died? You can learn a lot about someone and what they value by the way thy die. Today’s passage includes some of the last words of Jesus. He is preparing His disciples for life and ministry after He would be gone. He told them earlier in this passage that He would not leave them alone, they wouldn’t be orphaned. In today’s verse from the Message His words take on a personal, and intimate tone. He called the Holy Spirit the Friend, in Greek Paracletos. He would be their forever friend in whatever they faced until the end of time. Jonathan Edwards had some powerful words to share at his death bed. Check out what he felt was important when his life had come to an end.
“Dear Lucy, it seems to me to be the will of God, that I must shortly leave you; therefore give my kindest love to my dear wife, and tell her that the uncommon union which as so long subsisted between us, has been of such a nature, as I trust is spiritual, and therefore will continue for ever. And I hope she will be supported under so great a trial and submit cheerfully to the will of God. And as to my children, you are now like to be left fatherless, which I hope will be an inducement to you all to seek a Father who will never fail you…
When it came time for him to leave this world, he cried these words out:
Now, where is Jesus of Nazareth, my true and never-failing friend?
And then he issued one final exhortation before he left this world:
Trust in God, and you need not fear.”
These words are intended to bring great strength into our lives. What a promise, no matter what life holds my forever Friend is with me. When I am betrayed and falsely accused He is there. When I am surrounded with impossible circumstances my Friend is with me. Whether I face financial calamity, unexpected sickness, or trouble in my family; He is there. Even on that final day when I step into eternity, the Friend is there.