“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever–“He is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor recognizes him. But you recognize him, because he lives with you and will be in you”    (John 14:16-17)

I am currently reading a chapter each morning from Ken Gire’s inspired book, “Moments With the Savior”, which is set in devotional style, giving  scripture and a meditation on Jesus’ for each chapter..  basically each event in Jesus’s earthly life.    I was very impressed with Ken’s book, as I can tell by reading this that Ken Gire truly loves Jesus, and is a man who contemplates our Lord .. allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal to him glimpses between the lines of Jesus’s earthly life.

The following from His book, Moments with The Savior caught my interest:

“The disciples experienced two physical storms in their three-and- a-half year residency with the Savior.  In the first storm, Jesus was present- only asleep.  But in the next one, He withdrew to a distant hill.  And although He could see them, a blindfold of night prevented them from seeing Him.  Why the withdrawal?  To wean the disciples from sight to faith.  To force them to rely less on their physical eyes and more on their spiritual ones.  If they were ever to walk by faith, Jesus had to withdraw from their sight…”

I had never considered that before, and the Lord made me see that this is the case even with all those who were a part of Jesus’s earthly life.  For a little over 3 years,  all were blessed to be in Jesus’s presence, to hear Him audibly speak, to see the expressions on His face, and to literally touch the physical hem of His garments. But there would come a time they could no longer remain in the visible in regards to Jesus.   A new walk would be required of His followers.. A walk by faith, with grace provided by the Holy Spirit.

When He knew it was time for Him to surrender His life to His enemies, He told His disciples,  “For I have proceeded from union with The Father and I have come into the world, and again I leave the world, and I am going to join The Father.” (John 16:28- Aramaic version in Plain English)

As Jesus lived, so to His disciples..   Jesus walked His 33 years on this earth totally by faith.., not seeing His Father visibly, but nevertheless in total communion with the Father through the Holy Spirit.  He left His literal place in Heaven with the Father to serve Him on Earth.. exiled from Heaven physically but never spiritually.