‘Arise, Let Us Go From Here’
"These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
You have heard Me say to you, 'I am going away and coming back to you.' If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, I am going to the Father,' for My Father is greater than I.
"And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.
I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.
But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.”
From John 14 to the end of John 17, the words we read are exclusively John quoting Jesus in a long farewell speech to His disciples giving counsel and guidance, but also reassurance for the times ahead, but most of all strengthening their faith. This is the detail of ‘The Last Supper’. Jesus concludes with the words “Arise, let us go from here.” Where was Jesus going?
In 18:1 we read that “When Jesus had spoken these words, He went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered.” This is three chapters away in John’s narrative, so maybe we should conclude that the arising and the going is not a physical movement — at least not yet — but a spiritual one. Perhaps Jesus if urging His disciples — and that includes us — to arise from the concerns of this world and go to a new place, a place where the Helper, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit dwells.
He stresses that He gives His peace to us. Once we know Him, that essential peace is ever-present within. This is not a gift that we can handle and look at, it is intangible but palpable at the same time — but we must hold on to the gift — “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” It requires action and application on our part, remembering that it is always a joint effort, with Jesus taking the strain.
But now He tell His disciples “I am going away and coming back to you.” And He asks us to rejoice. He follows the Father’s commandment and He says “Arise, let us go from here.”
‘Meditate on these things’
EPHESIANS 5:13-14 NKJV
But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says:
"Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light."
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