John 16:7,33.. 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.
Jesus continues to explain His approaching death, resurrection and return to the Father in chapter 16. In v.7 He explains that will be an advantage for Him to return to the Father. When Jesus leaves the Comforter or Holy Spirit will come to live within them, each individual disciple. This occurred 50 days after the resurrection at Pentecost for the existing disciples and since then at the point of salvation.
Think about it, as long as Jesus was present with them their access to Jesus was limited by the number He could meet with individually or in small groups. However, after Pentecost the Holy Spirit is present with Disciples for 24 hours every day. So it was an advantage for Jesus to return to heaven. He did not try to explain it then but many other advantages of Jesus being at the right hand of God are revealed in scripture. Examples include Jesus being our Advocate, Intercessor and High Priest.
33 These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.
Jesus ends the chapter promising peace in Him while in the tribulation of the world. We can be encouraged because Jesus was victorious over Satan and the world system at the cross. His Disciples have eternal life–that is living forever with Jesus!
Henry Luke 4/6/2018
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