When we draw close to God in worship one of the great promises that is ours is this: ‘You are not alone…’ In some of Jesus’ last words to His disciples on the eve of His death He shares these words with them, ‘And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.’ – John 14:16-18
‘I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you…’ If you’ve ever watched a video of an adoption story, then you know how moving they are. On one side of the coin you have a little child who feels left out, abandoned, and forgotten. On the other side you have a family that has love in their heart that they want to share. So they initiate a journey that involves lots of prayer, paperwork, time and money. Then there’s a moment that is sometimes described as the ‘Gotcha’ moment, where these two parties come together in an amazing collision of love. After Jesus died, His followers scattered, and it was a dark day. But on the third day He rose and He came for them and then shortly after the Holy Spirit came for them and said to them, ‘Gotcha’ and assured them and us still today that they were the adopted sons and daughters of God. Below is a really cool ‘Gotcha’ video I watched the other day.
You are not alone!