The Bible makes one thing clear: everyone lives to fulfil his name. When Jesus called the Holy Spirit the Comforter, He automatically revealed His mission – to make men comfortable. The Holy Spirit was sent primarily to
establish comfort for God’s people. Jesus had some level of comfort, but He promised that with the coming of the Comforter, the comfort they previously enjoyed would fade into mere insignificance.
Let us briefly examine some names in the Bible and their relationship with the bearers.
When the angel appeared unto Joseph and said, “…Thou shalt call his name Jesus…”, he revealed something about the person of Jesus. The name Jesus means Saviour. His mission: to “…save his people from their sins…”
Bearing the name “Simon”, which means “the reed” (one who is easily shaken), affected Simon; so Jesus changed his name from Simon, to Peter, “the rock” (stable, immovable).
Upon this rock will I build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18
Then again there was a man called Nabal, of whom these words were spoken:
…As his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him…
1 Samuel 25:25
Another man was called Ichabod – “the glory is departed” (1 Samuel.
And so it was that when the Bible referred to the Holy Spirit as the Comforter, it meant that the primary mission of the Holy Spirit will be to make man comfortable.
When Jesus was to be taken away, He gave His disciples a farewell message, saying:
…Now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. John 16:5–7
The word “expedient” means “profitable.” His going had a lot to offer them, it would make the Comforter come, to make life more comfortable for them. Therefore, it is true that the disciples mourned after He left, but it was
only for a short time, for after Him came the One that took the baton from the Bridegroom – the Comforter!
You must remember that while Jesus was with them, they enjoyed a good measure of comfort. Jesus asked them, “What went ye out into the wilderness to see?” In essence, other ministries of His day were like a wilderness compared to His own ministry. One of John’s disciples joined Him after seeing where He slept.
The same Jesus promised His disciples to send the Comforter to take His place, making them more comfortable than they had been with Him. Jesus said to His disciples:
…The works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. John 14:12;