“He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.” (John 14:17 NLT)
By a coincidence, this is the very passage that I had been given to read this morning in church.
It’s not an easy read and I know I made a mess of one of the verses as I was reading. But Jesus is telling his disciples what is about to happen. He knows he is going to die. But that’s not the end of the story.
And I chose this verse because it sums up what this passage is all about. Jesus’ death wasn’t the end. It was the beginning.
But the world cannot accept that. Every day there are countless posts on Twitter from people who just don’t “get it”. They are not able, or unwilling, to see that the Holy Spirit is alive and working in every Christian.
And it remains the duty of every Christian to try to help the world recognise the Spirit. How do we do this?
By living our lives as Jesus has commanded. By being truthful and honest in everything we say and do.
And if the world still does not recognise the Spirit then what?
We keep trying. We love our neighbours, whoever they are…