Are You with Jesus?
"But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning."
Peter had the worst experience. Jesus said, "Get thee behind me, Satan." It is not easy to be with Jesus with your spasmodic mode of life, your vacillating faith and your indiscipline. Jesus was a towering personality in every aspect of life. The piercing look that came from His eye could discern the thoughts and intents of men. The thoughts of the Pharisees were discerned and rebuked. It is not easy to be with Jesus.
Are you with Jesus? Have you subjected yourself to the discipline of living with Him? Have you walked with Jesus to the bed of a sick person or a dead person? When the Holy Spirit comes He will testify of Jesus, but those that walk with Jesus and stay with Jesus have a solid experience and can explain Jesus in a way that people can understand. They will not talk merely by inspiration or by theological knowledge. The disciples had the experience of being with Jesus and they received the Holy Spirit. These two blended together and made them very perfect witnesses. There were no fears or doubts. "We have seen with our eyes, felt with our hands, heard with our ears", they said (I John 1:1). Those of you who have not subjected yourselves to the heavy demands of His presence and want your own way and constantly disobey Him - He will go away from you. When a man wanted to follow Jesus setting an indefinite date - after burying his father - Jesus said, "Let the dead bury the dead, you follow me now." The invaluable experience of dying with Him, one should not lose.