Sunday, 13 December 1998 00:00

I Will Not Leave You Comfortless

John 14:18 (KJV)

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

This one verse has actually two 'I wills' of Christ. The first is a negative one. "I will not leave you comfortless" (or orphans), and the second is a positive, "I will come to you." The negative gives us an indication of the feelings of Christ, and the positive tells us of His activity toward us.

  1. The People to Whom Christ Spoke..."I will not leave you comfortless"
    1. Primarily to His twelve disciples...
      The death of Christ was imminent. Christ has just spoken for the first time in detail of "going away." The loss of Christ was the loss of ALL to the disicples. He was their Teacher, Lord, and All in All. He was their Helper, their Friend, their Provider. Now the prospects of His leaving gave them the fear of being alone; an ugly feeling.
      1. Christ anticipates their fears, and
      2. Christ knows their need.
    2. Secondarily to all His disciples...
      Have you ever had the object of your life removed. A job fail? A vision collapse? A husband die? It's not pleasant. Your sense of purpose is gone. You feel alone, isolated.
      1. The world as you know it will be gone one day...
        You and I will face loss. We will, if we have not already, feel the pain of that loss.
      2. You will never lose the presence of Christ... "I will not leave you orphans"
        There is a divine law that Christ ever gives more than He takes. What do you give up to follow Christ? Do you give up philandering, drunkenness, cheating, lying, adultery, and whatever else might be named? You gain far more!
  2. The Purpose for Which Christ Spoke..."I will not leave you comfortless"
    1. Christ draws our attention to what He will do . ..
      Gospel preaching is ever concerned with the promises and faithfulness of Christ. Legalism is ever concerned with promises of men and their unfaithfulness to them.
    2. Christ will not leave us as orphans...
      You will always have someone to whom you turn. You will always have Him on your side. Think about who this is that will not leave you as an orphan! God Himself!
    3. Why do we not feel His comfort?
      Are there times when you wonder where Christ is? Do you not feel His presence? In Matthew 9:25 there were people who lost a daughter to death. "When the people were put forth, He went in and took her by the hand, and she arose." This family felt the comfort, compassion and healing of Christ when there was the putting foth of those who can do us no good; the incoming of the One who can.
  3. The Promise on Which Christ Stands..."I will come to you."
    1. This is a glorious promise of His resurrection... "I will come"
      Death has no hold on Christ. In the death of Christ there was the death of death.
    2. When Christ appears to His disciples, their fear vanishes... "I will come" (Luke 24)
    3. This phrase is in the present active tense..."I am coming to you."
      He is always active in comforting His children. Dispel trust in all other things but Him.

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