As Christians, we place our hope in Christ for eternal life. We look forward with great anticipation to eternity. More than that, we hope for the return of Jesus, cutting off the evil of this world. We focus so much on end times that we tend to forget the blessings of the present.
Whereas we hope for His return, Jesus in this passage tells us that we should celebrate His departure. Look at the entire passage and you will see two reasons for celebration. Jesus has gone to be with the Father, who, in Jesus’s words, is greater than He, and the arrival of the Holy Spirit, bringing peace to the hearts of believers. Herein is the hope for this life.
You see, being a Christian is more than victory over death, more than eternal life. It is victory over sin in this life. Being a Christian is an inexplicable relationship that involves the mysterious work of the Holy Spirit and the surrender of the believer. That is just the beginning, though. Salvation is just the first step in a wondrous relationship between the Father and His child.
The Christian life is a life of peace. It is a life of comfort. It is a life that can be free of fear.
Fear Not, for the Father sends the Comforter, the Holy Spirit.