I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.…
Christ is the basis of —
I. PHYSICAL LIFE. He is the Creator, and the life of Adam and Eve after the fall depended entirely on the promise of the Redeemer. His advent postulated the continuance of the race. The birth of the first child was a prelude to the gospel. It may be that Eve saw in the birth of Cain the fulfilment of the promise, for she said, "I have borne the seed, a man, the Lord."
II. THE RENEWED LIFE. The plan of redemption depends upon His incarnation and atonement. There is no spiritual life on earth apart from Him. The fact that there are millions of Christians who live by faith in Him under the dispensation of the Spirit, proves the reality of His life, of its continuance and power. Because He lives, we live, and our life is hid with Christ in God.
III. THE RISEN LIFE in glory, to all eternity. Because He continues to live, His disciples shall continue to live also. "When Christ, who is our Life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory." Reflections:(1) Apart from Christ, the Christian can do nothing.
(2) The fact that Jesus continues to live, is the assurance that all who believe in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
(3) How great will appear at last the guilt of those who reject Christ, when they shall learn that even their bodily life has depended upon Him, and that, being destitute of His Spirit, they are none of His.
(L. O. Thompson.)
Parallel VersesKJV: I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.