IN THE last three chapters we have studied the various aspects of our Lord Jesus Christ that relate intimately to us, and we have found Him to be so vitally a part of ourselves that our nature and our consciousness would not be what they are without Him.
We have learned how He is both our Divine Teacher and the Way-Shower sent us by the Father, and that He is always available and will unfailingly come to us when we have need of Him. As a proof of this hear these His words:
"Let not your heart be troubled. Ye believe in God, believe also in me… I go to prepare a place for you.
"And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." --John 14:1-3.
"I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.
"Yet a little while and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
"At that say ye shall know that I an in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me; and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." -John 14:18-21.
If you will remember, these words were spoken to His disciples on that last night before His betrayal, and show that He knew what was before Him; His earthly work was finished-the part He had to do, and there remained now only the final act of the fulfillment of the prophecies-the yielding up of His life that the world could be saved. He had given to the world the teaching. He had shown humanity the way all must live if they would come unto the Father and have eternal life. He had taught His disciples many deep truths, and they recognized His divinity and loved Him as their Teacher and Elder Brother, and believed Him to be the Christ, the Messiah sent of God.
But Jesus knew that because of their great love for Him- the man-they were as yet unable to grasp in its fullness the spirit of what He had been teaching. So in that last talk with them, after washing their feet, following His statements above quoted, He voiced these memorable words:
"These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, 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." --John 14:25-26.
"These things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.
"But now I go my way to him that sent me;… but because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.
"Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; if I depart, I will send him unto you." -John 16:4-7.
"I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you unto all truth." -John 16:12-13.
Who is the Comforter? Has he come to you, dear friend? You who are a follower and disciple of Jesus Christ, and who love Him even as His disciples loved Him when He lived among them, do you realize that it is expedient that He, the
manJesus, go away that the Comforter may come
What do we mean? Is this not inconsistent with what we have previously written?
No, it only emphasizes what He, our blessed Master and Teacher, Himself, would have you realize. He, the Man and Teacher, has taught you all these wonderful truths and has shown you the way unto the Father, but now He must go away and you must
applythese truths, must follow in the way He pointed and where He has gone; you must
turn withinand seek Him
in the Kingdom, where He now is and where He has prepared a place for you.
And as surely as you truly love Him and prove it, as He said-by keeping His commandments, He will not leave you comfortless. He will send the Comforter, and on that day you will know that He is in the Father, You in Him, and
He in you-that you are allONE. From all this you will see how imperative it is that you seek first the Kingdom, seek and find the Comforter
within you; that you turn from the Teacher
without, even from your worship of Jesus the Teacher, and seek to obey fully His teachings, so that the Comforter can come and guide you unto all Truth.
Do you grasp what we mean?
Try to realize that Jesus was not really a man, but that He was and is the Spirit of God taken form and living in a human body. He was and is the Christ, the Logos, the actual LOVE of God, our Father, made manifest. In that last talk with His disciples He tried hard to have them understand this, and it was what He meant when He said that they could not "bear" what He had to tell them then, and that He, the man, must go, so that He as Love, the Comforter, could come and guide them to all truth; and that through Love He could again manifest to them.