From: T.M. Schoewe
During these 40 days of “Let Lent” if you are rereading the gospels you will notice that the gospel of John has five chapters (13-17), all in which Christ is speaking. Jesus speaks of His destination, of the cross, as simply “His going away.” And this “going away” was important because He says if He goes away He will send the “Comforter.”
The Comforter of course you know is the One spoken of in scripture as the Spirit of God, Who hovered over creation in the beginning. And our Lord’s “going away” (to the cross) will enable Him to send the Comforter, Who comes with a triple threat: to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.
Christ’s “going away” was the atonement for the sins of mankind and the Comforter will come to remind the world that unbelief in that forgiveness condemns. There is only one thing that can condemn you, and that is, not believing that His “going away” to the cross is the forgiveness of your sins. It’s that unbelief that will condemn you, nothing else!
Secondly, the Comforter comes to convict the world of righteousness. We tend to believe righteousness is in us. How often we argue “we are right!!!” The bottom line is that none of us can meet the standards of God’s law. His eye spots our missing the mark of His law more times than the hairs on our head. Read Psalm 139. No, the righteousness we need is not in us but in the One who said He was “going away;” it is in the One that went away. We sometimes sing “Jesus Thy blood and righteousness are my glorious dress in which I will stand before Thy throne.” So, we are faultless through Him Who went away by the way of the cross for us; by His being born, living and dying for us, His righteousness is ours! And so it is because of Him Who went away that nothing on earth can take it away!
Thirdly, the Comforter comes to us to tell us that the prince of this world, Satan, is judged. Who is he? He is a fallen angel of the spirit world of God who was dissatisfied with Almighty God’s decisions! So he and some of his fellow angels were cast out of heaven and down into this wonderful world of God’s creation with their purpose of making it a wilderness of unbelief among God’s creatures. Satan slipped into a wonderful creation with the question to a couple of wonderful creatures: “Did God really say .?” You know the rest of the story. But now, His “going away” also says He will send the Comforter to tell us that Satan, the prince of this world, is judged. The deed is done by His cross! For Satan there is no help or hope, even though he and his spirits keep roving this world trying to get mankind to doubt the Lenten story.
Finally one last thought! Is your name written on the cross of His “going away?” You will remember the Roman governor had a sign written for the soldiers to put on the cross which read “Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews.” Jesus’ enemies asked Pilate to change it to say “He said He was .” But that doesn’t change the fact that He is the King
not only of the Jews but the King of creation, and of course our beautiful Savior, about whom one of the prophets, Isaiah, even before His birth said, “he was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, chastised for our peace and with his stripes we are healed.” If those OURs include you, then your name is on the cross!
Remember the Comforter tells you Satan is already judged, though his spirit will tempt you to doubt your Savior went away to the cross for you. It is wise to pray as one of your fellows long ago did, “Lord I believe! Help my unbelief.” Let the Comforter comfort you!