SCRIPTURE: John 14:23-28, 30-31, New Living Translation, The Message
23 Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. [Creator] will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. 24 Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me, and keep my words. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the [Maker] who sent me. 25 I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. 26 The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom [Creator] will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. [The Spirit] will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
27 “I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left – feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught; troubled or afraid. 28 “You’ve heard me tell you, ‘I’m going away, and I’m coming back.’ If you love me, you can be glad that I’m on my way to the [Creator] because the [Creator] is the goal and purpose of my life.
30 “I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches, and is about to attack. Do not worry, [Empire] has no power over me, 31 but I will do what the [Maker] requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the [Maker].
Now, come, let’s be going.