Now I am going to him who sent me…But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away.
Jesus says it will actually be good for His students when He is goes back to the Father. Not only good for Him, but for their benefit also!
Is it true?
How is it possible that Jesus’ physical absence could be a good thing, even a better circumstance for them?
Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
The internal presence of Jesus through the Holy Spirit will be better for them than what they experienced before:
He will convict the world of sin…righteousness and judgment.
The Spirit of truth…will guide you into all truth.
He will tell you what is yet to come.
The Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.
The Teacher going to heaven is good because He will return to them with greater power and force through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
It is true!
These first students of Jesus didn’t really become very much like their Teacher during the three years they followed Him. It was only after the coming of the Holy Spirit that we begin to see marked changes in their hearts and lives.
This is the work of the Teacher on the inside of His students through the power and influence of the Holy Spirit. For through the Holy Spirit the Teacher produces the fruit of His character in the life of every student.