The Eve of Pentecost

Today's Reading: John 14:15-21

Daily Lectionary: Numbers 20:22-21:9; Luke 20:45-21:19

The Spirit of the Lord fills the world. Alleluia. Let the righteous be glad;

let them rejoice before God; yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. Alleluia. (Antiphon for the Introit for Pentecost)

He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. This is what happens tomorrow. The Spirit fills the World through the preaching of the Gospel and the delivering of Jesus' Gifts. That's the Spirit's job, after all. That's what we heard this past Sunday. This filing the world with Jesus is going to happen in all the Church "in which the Gospel is purely taught and the Sacraments are correctly administered." (Augsburg Confession: VII, The Church)

We can truly rejoice tomorrow because it's all a free gift. It's not based on anything we do. The Spirit delivers according to the promise that Jesus makes, and we don't have to work to get it, wonder where it is, or be good people before we can get it.

It's all rooted in Jesus' death and resurrection. There He won salvation. He didn't ask if you wanted to be saved. "While we were still sinners, Christ died for the ungodly." He delivered the Spirit to you. In His Baptism, His Word, His Absolution, and His Supper the Spirit has worked faith within you, He strengthens that faith, and He'll keep you in that faith unto eternal life.

He moves you to come and receive it. Just like the Israelites were moved to look at that serpent, so you're moved by the Spirit to come and receive Jesus' Word and gifts. He not only fills the whole world with Jesus' Word and gifts, but He fills you and your world with the very same things. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

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