"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 16:7 (KJV)
Jesus was telling his Disciples how He was going to leave them and will send them the Holy Spirit as a Comforter. He also said, if He didn't go, the Comforter would not come. My question is...
Why did Jesus have to leave in order for the Holy Spirit to come? I know Jesus had to die for the remission of sins, but why couldn't He send for the Holy Spirit while He was still living among them, then go to the cross to die for the sins at the appointed time?
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;