What am I holding?
My flashlight looks like a great light doesn’t it? What will happen when we turn it on? That’s right. Let me turn it on. What??? It isn’t working! Why do you think that is? You are right. There are no batteries in the flashlight. A flashlight will only do what it is expected to do if it has good batteries to power it. I’ll put the batteries in and now when you turn it on, it casts light.
From our Bible reading today Jesus tells his followers that God, our Father, will send to us the Holy Spirit. You might say the Holy Spirit is like the batteries in the flashlight. The Holy Spirit gives us power to understand the Bible. It empowers our faith so that we can be the children of God that Jesus wants us to be. Jesus taught and did many things in his ministry. It was the Holy Spirit that enabled the disciples to remember and faithfully record them in the Bible. Because the Holy Spirit empowered the disciples we can trust that the Bible faithfully reflects all that Jesus taught and did.
When it is dark and we turn on a flashlight, the light gives us comfort. When the Holy Spirit helps us to understand the Bible and to have faith in Jesus, we have a peace that nothing can take from us. In the light of the Holy Spirit we can grow in our understanding of Jesus’ teachings and love for us.
Let’s bow our heads and close our eyes for a moment of prayer. Repeat after me: Jesus, you have taught us so much but our faith is not as strong as it should be. Send to us the gift of the Holy Spirit that the Bible may come alive to us and that your peace may flood our lives. In the name of our Savior Jesus we pray. Amen.