“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
In the Name of + Jesus. Amen. The waiting is finally over. The big day is here.
We have been counting down the days from Easter until Pentecost: 50 days of rejoicing in the resurrection of Jesus. Seven days, Seven weeks, plus one day for eternity, that makes
50, and “50” makes Pentecost. Jesus’ promise to die and rise came true; now, the Holy Spirit comes just as He promised. You can see why many have called Pentecost the “birthday of the Church.”
Waiting. Expectation. Rejoicing. And gifts. It is all there to mark the occasion.
So, what kind of gifts does the Holy Sprit bring to the Pentecost festival? Doctrine – teaching God’s Word. “He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that that I said
The disciples heard Jesus’s teaching, saw the healing signs and miracles, they witnessed His transfiguration, suffering, death and resurrection.
Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would be with them as they proclaimed all these things with their lips and their quills. The Holy Spirit was sent to preserve Jesus’ word for the Church, then and now. Jesus taught; the disciples witnessed and wrote. And we receive the gift of Jesus’ Word.
Like the disciples before us, the Holy Spirit points us to Jesus’ Word. The Holy Spirit is there in your Baptism, being poured out upon you in water and Word, giving you a new birth from above in Christ – your very own Pentecost. The Holy Spirit is there in the Holy Absolution, as life-giving forgiveness is breathed into your ears.
And the Holy Spirit is there in the Lord’s Supper, giving you faith in Jesus’ Word. “This is my body, this is my blood for you.”
Holy Cross Lutheran Church will be celebrating the Rite of Confirmation on the Day of Pentecost. Five young Christians, relying on God’s promise given in Holy Baptism, will make a personal public confession of the faith and a lifelong pledge of fidelity to Christ. What a special day Pentecost is for the Church, Christ’s Bride.
Happy Pentecost Day! In the Name of + Jesus. Amen