Archive for June, 2014

June 1, 2014

Pentecost (June)

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ was the most monumental event of all history. It changed everything. Sin and death no longer ruled, for they were conquered by our Lord. But some days, it just does not feel like it. Sin and death continue to fight, like an enemy who knows it has been defeated but refuses to surrender. We continue to stumble due to temptations, and our loved ones still pass away. Where is the salvation from these enemies?

Sometimes I feel like the disciples on the day Christ ascended to heaven. They asked him, “Lord, are you going to restore the Kingdom to Israel now?” They had waited so long under Roman oppression for the Messiah to come and liberate them. Now the Messiah was here, and he proved his power even over death! Ceasar would be piece of cake.

But that was not Jesus’ plan. It was even better than that! He wanted his disciples to be a part of “restoring the Kingdom,” not through violent revolution, but through acts of love and sacrifice. If that is the case, they were going to need some help. And so Jesus promises the Holy Spirit, which comes 10 days later, to empower them to live like Jesus. Paul describes the Holy Spirit’s power like this:

But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

Romans 8:10-11

We look forward and pray for the day God’s Kingdom comes to earth as in heaven. On Pentecost we see the day that the power of heaven came to earth. God’s very Spirit descends from heaven just like when Jesus was baptized and it rested on him. But now it rests on all of Jesus’ disciples! We have the power of God with which Jesus walked while on earth. What more, Romans 8:11 says we have the power of God that rose Jesus from the grave! Resurrection power within us!

God is transforming this world, little by little, from the inside out, and the Holy Spirit is the catalyst. Deep within, the Holy Spirit is making you a new creature so that one day you will be able to live in the New Creation where God will reign for ever and ever. And there will be no sin and no death and God will wipe every tear from our eyes.

Pastor Rich