Holy spirit

The Holy Spirit is poured out | Community

This weekend is Pentecost Sunday, the culmination of the “real time” of the Church year. The Christian church celebrates the fact that the Holy Spirit has been poured out on all nations.

The “real time” of the feast of the half of the church year means that we are following the exact chronology of Jesus’ life from Palm Sunday to Pentecost.

In the New Testament, evangelists record various prophetic words of Jesus before his crucifixion and resurrection. Christ prepared his apostles both for his ascension to heaven and for the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Luke records the actual event of the Ascension of our Lord in Acts 1: 6-11: “So when they had gathered they asked him:” Lord, will you now restore the kingdom of Israel? ? He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father has fixed on his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

“And when he had said these things, while they were looking, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him away from their sight. and as they were looking at the sky as it went on, behold, two men stood beside them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing looking up to heaven?” This Jesus, who was taken up from among you into heaven, will come just as you saw him ascend into heaven. ‘ “

Luke also records the event of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2: 1-8: “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. and suddenly there came a sound from heaven like a rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. and tongues divided like fire appeared to them and rested upon each of them. and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

“Now there were Jews in Jerusalem, devout men from all nations under heaven. and at this noise the multitude gathered, and they were amazed, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. and they were amazed and astonished, saying: “Are not all those who speak Galileans?” and how come we all hear, each of us in our own mother tongue?

What effect do these two events have on our lives?

First, Jesus ascended to heaven after completing the work of our redemption. He paid the price for our salvation on the cross as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. His resurrection proclaims to the whole world that we are justified by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now he rules from the right hand of God in heaven. Since he fills the universe with his presence, he promises to be with us always, until the end of the world.

Second, the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was poured out on the earth after the ascension of Christ. The gospel is now proclaimed in all the languages ​​of the world to all people. Jesus is truly present among us through the Word of God. His word comes to us through preaching, teaching, baptism, absolution and holy communion. He is not absent, but he is really present with us.

After Pentecost the following weekend will be Trinity Sunday. The Athanasian Creed will be uttered, which proclaims the wonderful and powerful mystery of the Holy Trinity. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are three persons in one God.

The Holy Spirit has indeed been poured out on all the nations.