Jesus said, “You heard me say, I am going away and I am coming back to you.” John 14:28

Picking up at verse 28 in John’s amazing chapter 14, Jesus said: “You heard Me say, I am going away and I am coming back to you. If you loved Me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens so that when it does happen you will believe. I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over Me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what My Father has commanded Me.

Come now let us leave.”  John 14:28-31

We hear Jesus say, “I am going away and I am coming back to you.” I love the way He said “and” I am coming back to you. There was no “but” – there was a definite connection to an ongoing never stopping action in the word “and.” He was having to die for us, “and” take our sins into hades, “and” rescue those tortured there by the power of God and Spirit, “and” leave our sins there, “and” go back to the grave He was put in, “and” receive the new and Holy body He is in today, “and” be with us here on earth 40 days, “and” return to live and rule from the Throne beside the Father, “and” bring the Beautiful Holy Spirit to live and work in each of us who believe in Him. There was no stopping. It was “and” continues to be ongoing action…

Every word that came out of Jesus’ mouth was designed to provide answers. He tells his friends, despite the approaching horror, they’d be happy for Him if they really loved Him,  and tells them he’s going to tell them what’s happening before it happens to make it easier for them to believe EVERYTHING He’s telling them. 

What Jesus said next is of such importance that we must never forget it. He speaks of the arrival of the prince of this world almost as if it is a necessary contrast to the example Christ will set when He shows just how far Love will go, as evidenced by ALL that He did from the sacrifice of Himself to the work He did even beyond death. The “prince” of this world allows blind unbelievers to be controlled and used in horrible ways. We see it everyday. The Lord allows him to be in this world for the time being but the clear contrast is there. “This is what evil looks like.” vs “This is what love looks like.” Jesus assures us that the “prince” has NO power over him and that means he has no power over us as well. We have the power to rise above the power of the “prince” of this world every day in every way. Never forget it or let it be taken away by circumstance or doubt. The power is ours, bought and paid for with Jesus’ life and ALL he accomplished in the days of His sacrifice. Let our “way of life” be to live in the belief and power passed on to us in the victory in our Lord. 

What our Savior did for us will never have to be done again. It is a finished work. Let us believe.๐Ÿ’š

As we look at the Russia – Ukraine war, there is a warning of a “very real risk of a nuclear disaster at Ukraine’s nuclear plant,” currently under the control of Russia, if fighting near it continues getting worse. Let us pray for common sense to surface as this continues. Let us pray for the millions that are living through this nightmare each day. 

May each of us realize the love of our Lord and how wonderful and beautiful and ongoing that is.  Love you all so very much.๐Ÿ’š

Poppa B.