The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Today's Reading: John 16:5-15

Daily Lectionary: Leviticus 20:1-16,22-27; Luke 11:37-54

He will glorify Me, because He will take from Mine and declare it to you." (John 16:14)

He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Spirit comes. Christ promised He would. Christ also promised and said what the Spirit's job would be. The Spirit's job, according to Jesus Himself, is to deliver Jesus to you through Jesus' Word.

So often we think the Spirit's work is some sort of power, impulse, or urge. If we just open ourselves up enough, the Spirit will lead us and guide us. He'll help us make the right decisions for our life: which college to choose, which house to buy, whom we should marry. But that's not the Spirit's job at all!

The Spirit will glorify Jesus. He might even go unmentioned, but He'll still be at work doing His job: pointing to Jesus. He will take what is Jesus' and declare it and deliver it to you. This is how it was, even at Pentecost. The Spirit came upon the Apostles, they preached Jesus, and by the Spirit working through that preaching, the people believed Jesus and were baptized for the forgiveness of sins.

That's exactly how the Spirit works. He works through the Word. Whenever Jesus crucified and raised is preached, the Spirit is at work. Whenever the Scriptures are read, He's working. He didn't just inspire people to write the Scriptures, but He also works through them because all of Scripture declares Jesus. He's at work in the water and Word of Holy Baptism. Just like at creation, the Spirit enlivens the water and Word to create new life (Titus 3). He's at work in the Absolution the pastor speaks, as Jesus gave and promised (John 20). He's at work in the Supper of Jesus' Body and Blood to increase your faith in God and your love for those around you.

Yes, the Spirit leads and guides, but it's not just some feeling. The Spirit leads and guides through the Word that delivers Jesus, and in the delivering of Jesus, Jesus is glorified, and it's then and there that the Spirit is at work. That's His job, Jesus tells us. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Our merciful Father, the God who alone make minds of the faithful to be of one will, cause Your people to love what You command and to desire what You promise, that among the manifold changes of this world our hearts may be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (Collect for Easter 5)


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