Jesus promises the disciples that His Father will send them another friend like him, who will be with them and in them forever. The Holy Spirit can be a confusing subject for many Christians. He is a friend whom we know but could learn a fair bit more about. Jesus introduces his disciples to the promised Holy Spirit, another like him who will come to be their advocate, helper, ally, counsellor, encourager, strengthener and true friend.
Jesus is the way to God and the way to be. He is the source of life and the very embodiment of truth. This is a central and essential teaching of Jesus for both followers of Jesus and those who don’t call him Lord. As Jesus prepares the disciples for his departure he teaches that there is hope, there is one way to God and there is work to be done.
The posture of a beloved disciple is one who leans back and reclines on Jesus. On one of the darkest nights in history, Jesus' friends respond in different ways. Peter, Judas and John respectively demonstrate postures of self-reliance, God-defiance and God-dependence. The beloved the disciple is one who rests on Jesus, leans back on his chest and has a posture of reclining faith.
The first part of our vision is that we would be a community of disciples. Community has always been the way God works. The trinity, the story of creation, Israel, the disciples and the Church demonstrate that community is at the heart of God. In a society plagued by loneliness and isolation, God is calling his family to be a like a family, for the sake of one another and the people around us.