Jesus said, "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 go, I will send him to you" (John 16:7)
We are most comfortable when we feel like we are in control. In order to be in control, we have to be able to control life circumstances around us. For the most part, we can do this quite easily. We have a general routine we stick to that helps us to know the rhythm of our days, and often, this rhythm goes mostly uninterrupted. Sure, there might be a few glitches here and there, but nothing we can't get back under control.
Sometimes, however, life circumstances take a turn for the worst (that's at least how we see it). All this means is that we feel out of control. Life has suddenly become "out of our hands," and all we want to do is get it back.
The reality of this control is only a facade. If we face reality, not a single one of us knows what the next moment brings, and although we're accustomed to life feeling safe, in the blink of an eye it can feel anything but. It never really has been in our hands though.
When Jesus spoke those words to his disciples, "It is to your advantage that I go away," they must have been shocked. How on earth could it be an advantage for Jesus to go away? This is the Messiah, the King of all Kings to rule and reign this world, it can't be a good thing for him to go. But it is. Jesus tells us that in his leaving he doesn't leave us alone, but leaves us with the Holy Spirit, the Helper. The question that needs asking is: do I live a life that needs help?
Jesus' followers are made to live a life that needs help. The call to make disciples of all nations is far too grand to accomplish in our own strength. We, the Church, followers of Jesus, need help. I've become convinced in my heart and mind (and it's okay if your not), that if I'm living a life that feels safe and under control, then perhaps I'm not really living up to what Jesus has called me to.
The reality of truly following Jesus means that I'm going to need help. It is to our advantage that Jesus ascended into heaven. He will one day return, but in the mean time, are you following him with the Helper that he has given?