“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”John 14:26 NIV
Just a few days ago, I finally got to see the Broadway play “Wicked.” The show has won so many awards that I couldn’t wait to see it. For the record, it was the best show I’ve ever seen. For those that don’t know, it is an adaptation of the classic story “The Wizard of Oz.” However, this show tells the story of how the Wicked Witch wasn’t so wicked after all. She was judged because of her appearance and needed the Good Witch and others to “advocate” on her behalf in order for people to see the true beauty of her heart.
The dictionary defines an advocate as “one who speaks in support or defense of another.” The verse I used for this devotion, John 14:26, is so simple, yet tells us so much. It is simply 30 words that make up one sentence, yet here we see all three parts of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit represented and the role of the Holy Spirit (also called the “advocate”) defined. We see the words of Jesus encouraging us by the fact that God will send the Holy Spirit and telling us that the Holy Spirit will “teach” us and “remind” us of what He (Jesus) has said and done. Many people read this verse in the Bible and think that the Holy Spirit advocates for us. However, it is Christ who advocates for us in Heaven and the Holy Spirit who advocates for Christ here on Earth. One looks after the believer’s interests in Heaven; the other looks after Christ’s interests in the believer. The Holy Spirit speaks to us in support of Jesus Christ and reminds us of everything He has done for us. One of the best things for a Christian is to be reminded of what Christ has done for them. We might not remember to do that on our own all the time, but the Holy Spirit will remind us if we allow him to.
When I was watching that Broadway play, I was reminded that we are all “wicked.” The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” and Acts 2:38 says that we must “repent and be baptized…in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” You may have accepted Christ to save you from your sins, but have you accepted the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, to teach us and continually remind us of what Christ has done? This, my friend, is the key to keeping you from turning back to your wicked ways. I encourage you to link your spirit with the Holy Spirit to help you do just that.
Heavenly Father, you are an amazing God. You’ve given us all the answers we need in your word. Thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Help me to receive this gift and stay in unity with the Holy Spirit, so that I stay in unity with you for the rest of my days. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.