Hey Everyone –
After the risen Christ left this earth, the disciples were told to wait for the promised Holy Spirit who would empower them for ministry. Before long things got pretty wild as the Holy Spirit arrived as a violent wind and tongues of fire, and the Holy Spirit them gave the disciples the ability to speak in other languages – so that all the people gathered in Jerusalem could hear the good news about Jesus in their own language!
In our sermon text from John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Jesus makes a big deal about sending the Holy Spirit after he’s gone, and calls the Holy Spirit “the Advocate”, or sometimes it’s translated “Comforter.” That’s a good thing, right? – the Holy Spirit is Comforter. Unless maybe we get too comfy?
Read back through Acts 2 and you get the sense Pentecost is not very comfortable. In fact, I don’t think it’s too farfetched to call Pentecost totally revolutionary. The Spirit was, and still is, shaking things up bigtime.
So what does this mean for us today? Well, let’s seek ask Spirit. Afterall, in John 16:13 Jesus says, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.”
I hope you can join us this Sunday!
Grace and peace,
P.S. Celebrate Pentecost this Sunday by wearing a fiery color – red, orange, yellow – or all of the above – underscoring the fact that today we Presbyterians are still figuring out how to get our Pentecost on!