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The Blessings of absence

John 17:7-15

There are somethings we love to remain, but they are hinderance to us. There are people, places and things we consider indispensable and the thought of their leaving us quarks our heart. This is how Weekly Pulpit puts it, “All departures are painful and trying, e.g., the boy to business; the girl to marriage; the friend to sea; the relation over the river of death….The parting of a friend is always a sad thing; for many things may come to prevent a meeting again. But partings sometimes are among the very saddest things: parting of those who are very dear: of the playmates of childhood: of those who hitherto have kept close together in the race and the warfare of life, but who are now to be severed by long years.”

Left to us, we want those things or persons to remain. This is better explained using Philippians 1:22-24, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.”

Paul thought that his friends could not do without him. This was the reverse of Jesus’ teachings in John 16:7, where Jesus taught His disciples that they would gain by losing Him. How? A. Maclaren, D. D. Commented, “How strange it must have seemed to them that they, poor sheep in the midst of wolves, would be better without the Shepherd! ”

There were powers that were dwarfed in the Apostles while He was with them. By leaving them, our Lord has made room for the full play and power of faith (1 Peter 1:8). Christ’s perpetual residence on earth would have made it impossible for the manifestation of the powers within them. This was what Jesus meant when He told them in John 16:7, “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.”

J. Forfar. says, “The words must have been very startling to the Apostles…The abundance of Christ’s miracles would make them cease to be miracles; the gracious words becoming so common would lose their power…” I agree with P. B. Power, M. A. who said, “We are very short-sighted, and we judge just by what is within range of our vision. How should human sight perceive that it ever could be expedient for the well-loved Jesus to depart? Surely nothing could compensate for that; and yet He says it is for their advantage.”

May God open our eyes to see who we really are in Jesus Name…

Vanessa Lawson
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