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I Will Not Leave You As Orphans -John 14:18-20

Welcome to Day 28. for one of our short powerful devotions from the 30 Bible Verses About God's Amazing Grace, bible reading plan. This short devotional is based on John 14:18-20.

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What does John 14:18-20 mean?

Jesus is speaking to His disciples in John 14:18-20. It is a passage that talks about Jesus' promises regarding His presence with His disciples after His death, the coming of the Holy Spirit, the significance of His resurrection, and the spiritual unity between Him, His Father, and His followers.

These verses are meant to offer comfort and assurance of Jesus' ongoing relationship with his disciples, despite the physical separation that his death will bring.

Join me as we unpack the scripture treasure in each of these verses.

John 14:18 meaning - I will not leave you orphaned

Jesus is assuring his disciples that even though He will be physically absent, He will not leave them completely. "Orphaned" here symbolizes being left alone without guidance or support.

Jesus is saying that this will not happen to his disciples; He will come to them, which can be understood in terms of the coming of the Holy Spirit, which is promised in other parts of John chapter 14.

In ancient times the plight of an orphan was exceptionally tragic. Children without a father found themselves without shelter or means, their very survival hinged on the mercy of those unknown to them.

Within this context, Jesus' vow to his followers—and to his disciples especially—not to leave them as orphans carries profound significance. It is a pledge of His enduring presence and support. They would not be forsaken or cast adrift to fend for themselves.

John 14:19 meaning

John 14:19 speaks to the imminent events of Jesus' death and resurrection. Jesus indicates that while the world will not see Him because He will be physically gone after His death, His disciples will "see" Him in a different sense—likely meaning they will experience His presence spiritually, and later they will witness His resurrected body. "Because I live, you also will live" suggests that His resurrection will be the basis for their own spiritual and eternal life.

We too as believers have the same guarantee of eternal life (Hebrews 11:14-16).

John 14:20 meaning -The promise of the Holy Spirit

This verse is about unity and mutual indwelling of the Holy Spirit. "On that day" likely refers to the day of Jesus' resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit - the day of Pentecost. This event occurred after Jesus' resurrection and marked the beginning of the Holy Spirit's indwelling ministry.

Join me below as we discuss how Jesus Christ has not left us as orphans - a reminder of God's amazing grace!

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I Will Not Leave You As Orphans -John 14:18-20

In the quiet moments of solitude, when the world seems to turn away, there echoes a promise that stirs the heart and steadies the soul. It's the voice of Jesus from John 14:18-20, where He says, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you."

These words, spoken long ago, resonate with timeless truth, reminding us of God's amazing grace. When Jesus spoke to His disciples, He spoke to all generations. He knew the pains of loneliness, and the chill of abandonment. But above all, He knew the Father's heart — a heart so full of love that He made the ultimate provision not just for the disciples, but for you and for me.

In Jesus' promise, "I will not leave you as orphans," we find the depth of God's commitment to us. In a world where promises are easily made and just as easily broken, God's word stands unshakeable. When He says He will not leave us, it is a guarantee written in the blood of the Lamb, sealed by the resurrection, and confirmed by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

As we ponder verse 19, Jesus speaks of a visibility that transcends physical sight. "The world will no longer see me, but you will see me." In His grace, we are given spiritual eyes to perceive His continuing presence through the Holy Spirit.

The resurrection is not just an event in history; it is the fountain of life that pulses in the heart of every believer because He lives, and so shall we!

We are not orphans!

Finally, verse 20 draws us into the Holy mystery of divine fellowship with our heavenly Father.

"I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you." Here, we are invited into the dance of the Trinity, a union so profound that it defies human understanding. It's a unity that assures us that no matter how lonely we feel, we are never truly alone. Jesus promised the disciples and us in John 14:18, " I will not leave you as orphans"!

In God's amazing grace, we are not just watched over; we are inhabited. The Holy Spirit dwells within us, a constant companion in our journey. The Holy Spirit allows us to experience and express the love of God, to abide in His presence, and to be conduits of His grace to a world in desperate need.

As we go about our day, let us hold onto this profound promise. When we are tempted to feel abandoned or forgotten, let us remember: we have not been left as orphans. We are children of the Most High, siblings of Christ, and temples of the Holy Spirit.

May this assurance fill you with peace, embolden your faith, and remind you of the unfailing grace that holds you, now and forevermore.

Use the free guided prayer journal that you will find in the Resource Library or grab a notebook and use the following questions to enable you to unpack what God is saying to you through John 14:18-20 today.

printable bible study God's amazing grace

Today's devotional is based on John 14:18-19which is from our 30 Bible Verses About God's Amazing Grace, bible reading plan. You will find a free printable PDF of 30 scriptures about God's grace in the Resource Library. It has a bible reading plan, guided prayer, and a gratitude journal. Download this free printable or grab a notebook.

What is God saying to you through this verse?

What burdens do you need to surrender to God and trust Him with?

Write out your prayer request.

What are you grateful for today? Count your blessings!

Write out the scripture verse, it helps you to memorize the scripture and store up God's truth in your heart. Then in the last section of the prayer journal, there is space to record what God is speaking to you through our grace bible verse for today, John 14:18-19.

Scripture Prayer - I will not leave you as orphans - John 14:18-20

We are called to pray without ceasing. That means we can talk with God at any time and in any place. You can chat with God throughout the day! Praying scripture is a powerful way to pray so join me in praying John 14:18-20.

Heavenly Father,

We draw near to You, grateful for the promise Your Son gave us in John 14:18-20. Lord Jesus, You assured us that we would not be left desolate, as orphans in a world of uncertainty. We come before You now, clinging to that sacred promise.

Father, when we feel alone, remind our hearts of Your perpetual presence. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit, that we might feel the warmth of Your embrace and the certainty of Your love. Increase our faith to see You with the eyes of our hearts, to know that because You live, we too shall live—a life abundant and eternal.

Help us to understand the mystery of Your words, to realize that You are in the Father, we are in You, and You are in us. May this divine truth bring comfort to those feeling isolated, strength to those feeling weak, and companionship to those feeling lonely.

We ask that Your presence would be felt in our daily walk, guiding us, shaping us, and using us to bring the reality of Your kingdom into the lives of others. Teach us to abide in You as You abide in us.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your amazing grace that assures us that we are never alone, for the hope that blossoms from Your promises, and for the love that You continuously pour into our lives.

In Jesus Name, we pray,


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