Reflections: The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Today’s Reading: John 16:5-15

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


“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:7)


In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The disciples’ plan of salvation was not going in the direction they had hoped. Jesus has been doing miracles, teaching in the synagogues, preparing the people for the kingdom to come and now He was talking about leaving and sending a helper. This was not what they had in mind. Jesus cannot leave. The language of death and resurrection was contrary to the way freedom was usually brought to a nation. Now He is speaking of leaving and sending someone else, and this is to our advantage?

Christ’s words of departure and promise to send the “Helper” were foreign to the disciples. He was promising the sending of the Holy Spirit to equip and enable them to proclaim the Good News of salvation. God’s plan of salvation was completely different from what the disciples had in mind. The disciples sought temporal freedom from the Roman Empire. Christ brought to them eternal freedom through His actions and deeds.

In our lives we, too, have our own plans. We want our lives to go as we desire. We fail to see or do not want to see God’s work in our lives through Christ. Our sinfulness pulls us back from what Christ has delivered to us and points us to the temporal activities in our own situation. The Holy Spirit works in our lives, waging war against the sinful man and pointing us back to the eternal things of God. He delivers to us the Gift of salvation won for us on the Cross. Through the coming of the Holy Spirit, the disciples proclaimed the message of hope and reconciliation to the churches. It is the same message that is proclaimed today: that Christ delivered us through His life, death, and resurrection. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Come, Holy Light, guide divine, Now cause the Word of life to shine. Teach us to know our God aright

And call Him Father with delight. From ev’ry error keep us free; Let none but Christ our master be

That we in living faith abide, In Him, our Lord, with all our might confide. Alleluia, alleluia! (“Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord” LSB 497, st.2)

-Rev. Timothy Davis is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Athens, GA.

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