God’s graces are richly poured out on us this day, for there are three major angles on Pentecost in the Sacred Scriptures. Pentecost is the harvest festival in Leviticus, the time that Israel counted fifty (pentecoste) days after the sickle was first put to the grain and enjoyed a harvest festival to the Lord. In later Jewish tradition, Pentecost celebrated the giving of the Law on Mt. Sinai, when God first made a people for Himself. In the NT, Pentecost is the day the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles in special measure, sending their sound out into all lands and their words into the ends of the world. This morning, we will explore all three aspects of Pentecost: the harvest of souls, the giving of the law, and the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Todd A. Peperkorn, STM Messiah Lutheran Church Kenosha, Wisconsin Pentecost (May 27, 2007) John 14:23-31 TITLE: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Our text for this holy day of Pentecost, is from the Gospel lesson from John chapter 14 as follows: But the […]
Today is an in-between Sunday. The Ascension was this past Thursday, and Pentecost is next Sunday. Jesus left the disciples, and the Spirit had not yet come. They were left to themselves. What happens when you are left to yourself? When a Christian comes face-to-face with his failings, his imperfections, his selfishness, lack of […]
Again from Luther’s House Postil (vol. 2, p147): In what way, then, does the Holy Spirit comfort? The Lord says, He will witness of me. In other words, my dear child, the devil will intimidate and frighten you, the world will imprison and kill you. That you must expect; it simply won’t be different; but […]
Pastor Juhl has a good quotation from Luther on Exaudi here. The following is the preceding paragraph from his quotation, taken from Luther’s House Postils, vol. 2, p145: The world, [Christ] says, will throttle you as heretics. Then your conscience will also become weak and cause you to wonder: Who knows whether I did the […]