The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Today's Reading: John 15:26-16:4

Daily Lectionary: Numbers 14:1-25; Luke 18:18-34

When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness about Me. (John 15:26)

He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Spirit comes from Jesus. Jesus sends Him from the Father. He proceeds from the Father. When He comes, He does one thing: He bears witness about Jesus.

You don't need to find the Spirit. You don't need feel Him out. You don't need to try and figure out how He's moving and working, or how He's working and moving in you and your life--as if you have to work out what His will is in order to fulfill His plan in your life.

No, none of that stuff. We need to repent of that. Avoid that sort of thinking. Jesus is very clear: "When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness about Me."

The Spirit comes to you. How? In the Word and gifts of Jesus. When the Apostles received the Spirit at Pentecost, they preached Jesus, and, in that preaching of Jesus (Law and Gospel), the Spirit worked repentance and faith in those who heard. The Spirit is delivered in Baptism. (Titus 3; Acts 2) The Spirit comes in the Absolution. It's why pastors and the apostles receive the Spirit: to forgive sins. (John 20) The Spirit, by whom Jesus' flesh and blood was conceived in Mary, works through Jesus' Body and Blood to forgive your sins, to strengthen your faith In God, and to increase your love for those around you.

The Spirit isn't mysterious. He's not "off somewhere." No, He's where Jesus says He is, and He's doing what Jesus says He's doing. He gives you faith in Jesus, strengthens your faith in Jesus, and He does it by declaring and delivering Jesus in His Word and Jesus' gifts. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Almighty, everlasting God, cause us always to have a devout will toward You and to serve Your majesty with a pure heart; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


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