“But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’  But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”

Jesus also knew that the change in their relationship after His death would bring about an event that would far exceed what they were already experiencing. By going on to complete His mission, Jesus would be making it possible for each of the disciples to become filled with the Holy Spirit. This was what they needed for each one of them to complete their own mission. Although He saw that “sorrow was filling their hearts,” He told them that far greater things would come because of His departure.

These men were sad because He told them that He was leaving. Their first response had been a negative one, rather than choosing to embrace the changes that would necessarily take place. Would you and I have responded differently? I think not! Most are very comfortable when they feel that they know what will happen, and uncomfortable when they do not.

Throughout the scriptures, God demands of us our obedience, trust, and faithfulness. Often what He gets instead is rebellion, fear, and a lot of vacillating. Until we learn to embrace the Christ-honoring changes that come our way, we will seldom please Him. Until we change our thinking, we will be living a substandard existence. Even so, our Lord patiently continues to invite us to faithfully follow Him. His invitation is simple; change our thinking so that we He can change our life.