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Notes for Easter 5 – Cantate

by pastorjuhl ~ April 14th, 2008

Pius Parsch, The Church’s Year of Grace

[The Gospel] alludes not only to the ascension but also to the descent of the Holy Ghost, and indicates that there is a connection between them. (Vol. 3, p. 129)

The Gospel proclaims a double message, Christ’s return to heaven and the mission of the Paraclete. The third Person of the Blessed Trinity will soon inaugurate His saving work in the world and in the Church. As Guide and Teacher He will continually deepen our insight into the doctrine of Jesus. He will also glorify Christ, the mystical Christ on earth. The Holy Eucharist is the Means He uses; that which we listen to in the Fore-Mass, we soon experience in reality. (Vol. 3, p. 130f.)

Church Fathers

This is the meaning of “to convict the world”: to show the world that those things are true which it did not wish to believe were so. For it did not wish to believe that the Savior came from God. But the Savior, after He had restored justice, did not delay in returning to Him Who had sent Him. And by so returning there He proved that it was from there He had come; because “no man hath ascended into heaven but He that descended from heaven, the Son of Man Who is in heaven.” (Ambrosiaster, quoted in M.F. Toal’s “The Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers, Vol. 2, p. 340)

Let men, therefore, believe in Christ, that they be not convicted of the sin of their own unbelief, whereby all sins are retained: let them make their way into the number of believers, that they be not convicted of the righteousness of those, whom, as justified, they fail to imitate: let them beware of that future judgment, that they be not judged with the prince of the world, whom, judged as he is, they continue to imitate (St. Augustine, NPNF 1:7:371)

To convict the world means to show the world those things that are true which it did not wish to believe were so. For it did not wish to believe that the Savior came from God. But the Savior, after He had restored righteousness, did not delay in returning to Him who had sent Him. And by so returning there He proved that it was from there He had come; because “no man has ascended into heaven but He that descended from heaven, the Son of Man Who is in heaven.” (Augustine, from Toal Vol. 2, p. 340)

Anyone who does not want to go to Christ and to the heavenly Father, let him be afraid to die. (Cyprian, quoted by Blessed Johann Gerhard in Postilla, Vol. 1, p. 394)

P.E. Kretzmann, Popular Commentary

That is the chief sin of the world, of the unbelievers, that they reject Christ and His Gospel…. And therefore unbelief, which refuses to accept the forgiveness of sins, deliberately cuts itself off from salvation…. The world wants nothing of Christ’s blood and righteousness, preferring its own self-righteousness. And so both righteousness and salvation are lost to them by unbelief, as the Spirit will impress upon them…. The redemption of Christ sealed the devil’s doom…. This the Holy Ghost testifies to the hearts of the unbelievers, showing them that because of their unbelief they will have to share the doom of the devil, that they are condemned for rejecting the Conqueror of Satan. This also serves for the comfort of the believers, since they know that the world is even now convicted. (New Testament Vol. 1, p. 499)

That is the work of the Spirit for and in the believers, that He teaches them to know Jesus Christ, the Savior, aright and with ever-increasing clearness. (NT 1, p. 500)

Blessed Martin Luther

The summary of evangelical doctrine, then, is that we proclaim what sin and righteousness are, and that because of this doctrine we may expect the world’s judgment and condemnation. Yet we take comfort from what Christ says here: The prince of this world is already judged. This doctrine about sin and righteousness we preach diligently, and as a result we endure the world’s judgment against us. (House Postils Vol.2, p. 102f.)

Blessed Johann Gerhard

Christ is saying with this that the Holy Spirit will reveal to the world the fount and source of every other sin – namely unbelief – through the office of the ministry. He also will knock the props out from the false dream of self-righteousness. Also, He shall direct them to another, better righteousness. Ultimately, He will convict the world on account of its false judgment and false jurisdiction – that it no longer is to serve the devil, nor any longer acknowledge him as its ruling lord. Instead, it should allow itself to be guided and ruled by the Holy Spirit. (Postilla Vol. 1, p. 396)

Hymns (Lutheran Service Book)

Invocation: 792, “New Songs of Celebration Render”; Sequence: 459, “Christ is Arisen”; Hauptlied: 556, “Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice”; Communion: 633, “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing”; To Depart: 816, “From All That Dwell Below the Skies”

4 Responses to Notes for Easter 5 – Cantate

  1. ToddPeperkorn

    So is our Lord’s “going away” here referring to His ascension into heaven or his death? Immediately following this it seems like the “little while” is referring to His death.

  2. pastorjuhl

    Yes.

    I reserve the right to change my mind as this week progresses. I’m reading Augustine’s tractates on John’s Gospel right now.

  3. pastorjuhl

    Upon further review, it seems Luther preaches that Christ’s death inaugurates the descent of the Holy Spirit. Our Lord’s Ascension is integral in the coming of the Paraclete.

    The answer remains yes.

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