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March 16, 2021
26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.
1 “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. 3 And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4 But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.
Though we may experience mistreatment at the hands of those who act in willful blindness and ignorance against the one whom the Father has sent “into the world,” Jesus provides us with this even greater consolation. Jesus will give us the gift of a clear conscience. Together the Father and Son will send the Holy Spirit to dwell within us and to assure us of the truth of who Jesus is and what he has done to redeem us from this rebellious world and to renew the whole creation. We stand upon that truth, and from it we bear witness to the reality of who Jesus is in the midst of a needy world.
How does Jesus prepare us for opposition?