LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JESUS CHRIST
John 14:16-18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
Have you ever been to the reading of a will? You have surely seen a portrayal of a last will and testament being read in a movie. It is not the sort of thing we look forward to, somebody close to us has probably died, and there we are at the uncomfortable, awkward event of splitting up the inheritance. Actually, if the person was poor the event is rather meaningless, there would be nothing to inherit. But if that person was wealthy, now that is a different story, suddenly everyone is interested, even people who have been invisible for years suddenly show up. This scripture describes the last will and testament of Jesus Christ. He was leaving His inheritance to His disciples. What did He have to leave behind? He may have not been rich according to worldly standards, but He had a heavenly inheritance to leave behind. Jonathan Edwards spoke powerfully about this event. Listen to what he had to say.
“These words are a part of a most affectionate and affecting discourse that Christ had with his disciples, the same evening in which he was betrayed, knowing that he was to be crucified the next day. Christ began his discourse, after he had partook of the Passover with them, after he had instituted and administered the sacrament of the supper, and after Judas was gone out, and none were left but his true and faithful disciples; whom he now addresses as his dear children. This was the last discourse that ever Christ had with them before his death. As it was his parting discourse, and as it were his dying discourse, so it is on many accounts the most remarkable of all the discourses of Christ, which we have recorded in our Bibles.”
Not everyone recognized the kind of wealth Jesus possessed. Most were more concerned with earthly possessions, they had little use for the kind of riches Jesus left behind. For those who had ears to hear, this would turn out to be the most incredible day of their lives. Jesus was leaving, but He wasn’t leaving them as orphans, He was leaving behind the Promise of the Father, or in other words, the baptism in the Holy Spirit. This experience would become the game changer for the disciples. From this day forward they would step into a new life characterized by the power and authority of God. They would lay hands on the sick and they would recover. They would speak in new heavenly tongues. In other words, they would carry on the work of Jesus Christ. Today, the inheritance is still available. Who can receive it? Those that recognize the difference between the world’s inheritance and that which belongs to the kingdom of God.