Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pentecost

Today's readings were Genesis 11:1-9, Acts 2:1-21, and John 14:23-31 (sermon text).

Today is a day of languages - the Epistle lists 16. John tells of Christ's promise of the Word-bringing Spirit on this day of Pentecost.
  • Loving Jesus is the same as keeping His word. Do we understand this in a moralistic sense of "keep," as "obey"? The parallel question: is religion about us rising by deeds to God? No. A better rendering is "cherish," as in Matthew 28:20. The Father, who sent the Son, also sends the Word and the Spirit for us to cherish.
  • The Spirit brings recollection of Christ's spoken words after the Ascension. He teaches us all things, for on our own we do not learn the Word. Naturally, we oppose and don't know the Word of God - e.g. Babel, the Flood, etc. Pentecost is God's solution to Babel, to enable all who will believe, to believe.
  • Christ's final "words" were actions to combat Satan directly - torture, crucifixion, death, burial. Passive obedience shows the world that Jesus loves His Father (cf. point 1). He entered - and exited - the tomb for us! Later the Comforter came, still finding and teaching us.
Soli Deo gloria.

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