Sixth Sunday of Easter
April 27, 2008
This week I did not preach from the lectionary passage because we were having our Local Church Conference. This post is also a little late because I did not have internet access until yesterday. What I’d like to share with you comes from the 14th chapter of John. We are nearing Pentecost and Jesus in this passage promises the Holy Spirit.
15 “If you love me, obey my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. 18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. 19Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. 20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”
Jesus reminds his disciples that He will be going back to the Father and He is planning on sending someone in His place who will never leave us. We are to accept God’s commandments and obey them because if we love God and his son, Jesus, we will want to obey his commandments and when we obey God’s commandments, he will love us and Jesus will love us. This is a great promise!