Yesterday we discussed how Jesus promise to send a replacement Helper/Comforter to the Apostles and Disciples. Today we expand on that some:
v.18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
Here again Jesus reiterates His promise but in a different manner. I like the way the (AMP) bible renders this verse; “I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, bereaved, and helpless]; I will come [back] to you. I think it gives us some insight into how Jesus viewed the Apostles and Disciples like little children. These were obviously grown men and women who were following Jesus all around Judea but spiritually they were as babes.
Note that Jesus says I will come to you, this is both a foreshadowing of the resurrection appearances and the coming of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
v.19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
Soon and very soon, the world that sees only with clouded eyes will no longer see Jesus, they will think Him dead. They (the world) will also treat all believers as dead to them.
Yet He, Jesus, tells the Apostles and Disciples (and all true believers) that; you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. Because Jesus has risen and sits at the right hand of the Father, and by His sacrificial blood at Calvary, we too are alive in Christ.
v.20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
In that day, what day is this that Jesus speaks of, I believe it can only be the Day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 1:1-11 the day when Jesus fulfill the promise and all things are made clear.
John Gill writes: At that day ye shall know,…. The things they should know, or the objects of knowledge are,
that I am in my Father; in his bosom, in union with him, partaker of the same nature, perfections, and glory with him, and equal to him:
and you in me: that they were in union with him as the branches in the vine, and as the members are in the head, and how they were loved in him, chosen in him, righteous in him, risen with him, and made to sit together in heavenly places in him:
and I in you; formed in their hearts, living in them, dwelling in them, as in his temples, and filling them with grace and glory. The knowledge of these things promised, designs a more clear and distinct knowledge of them; something of them was known already, but not so perfectly as should be hereafter; and this does not suppose that these unions between the Father and Christ, and between Christ and his people, shall then begin to be; for as the union between the Father and the Son is as eternal as themselves; so the union between Christ and his people, as he is the head and representative of them, is as early as his investiture with the office of a Mediator, and his suretyship engagements for them, which were from eternity; and are the ground, and foundation of his being in them, and they in him in the effectual calling; nor does it suggest that they shall begin to be known; only that they shall be known in a more perfect manner: the time when this will be, is “at that day”: meaning either when he should “live” in the body again, be raised from the dead, when he should he declared to be the Son of God with power, when it would appear, that he had the same power with the Father, by raising himself from the dead, and when he would rise as a public head representing them, for their justification, and they should see themselves justified and discharged in him; or the day of “Pentecost”, when “the Spirit of truth”, he promises to pray for, should come to them in an extraordinary manner, and lead them into the knowledge of these things; or the last day, the resurrection morn, when, by virtue of union to Christ, the saints shall rise and “live” with him for ever, and shall have a perfect knowledge of these several unions; see John 17:21.
In conclusion today’s study revealed that Jesus was very concerned about the well being of His followers. He considered them immature in their faith and wanted to reassure them that after His departure they could count on Spiritual help and comfort even if He was not physically present. Interestingly He warns them they may not fully understand all this until he is gone.