Silence and Stillness before God (2 minutes)
“But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking where I am going. Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you. But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged. “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’ In a little while you won’t see me anymore. But a little while after that, you will see me again.”
I was particularly struck by how deep the compassion is that Jesus had for Jerusalem. He craved to be able to take the people of that city under his wing to guide and protect them as a mother hen does to her vulnerable little chicks. He was heartbroken that the inhabitants would not be able to recognize him as the Messiah because their idea of a Messiah was more earthly than spiritual and heavenly.
Jesus wants to draw me under his wing totally. What areas of my heart have I not yielded to him?
My Lord, I so want you to have every nook and recess of my heart and soul. I am so grateful to You that You have the same deep compassion for me that caused you to weep for Jerusalem.
Conclude with Silence (2 minutes)
The 40 days of decrease blogs have been inspired by the book “40 Days of Decrease” by Alicia Britt Chole.