Sunday, May 25, 2014

6th Sunday in Easter - John 14: 15-21 - "The Gift of the Holy Spirit"

Happy Easter!  The Lord is risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Let us rejoice and be glad for we are a people of great hope.
We are an Easter people – a people of filled with hope and filled with the Holy Spirit.
We are a people always facing east – always toward the rising sun – always toward the dawn of a new and glorious day!

For our God is an awesome God - loving and merciful.

He has given us new life in the resurrection of His Christ, Jesus.  Whose death on the cross expiated our sins and brings us salvation.  In His once-for-all-time sacrifice, He triumphs over sin and death and raises us up to new life – life eternal in God’s heavenly kingdom. 

We are truly a blessed people – a people filled with great hope - dwelling in the promise of Christ’s Resurrection.

We are a people filled with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Father and of the Son: sent to us as our comfort and guide, our advocate and companion.
Through the Holy Spirit – Christ lives within us and we, in Him.

The Holy Spirit is the breath of the Father and of the Son – the breath of their complete communion of love.
We breathe in their loving Spirit, taking their life-giving breath within us, filling us completely, so we too may be filled with their love.  In their Spirit - we find the love with which we are loved.

The Lord, Jesus has fulfilled his promise - not leaving us orphans, but sending us the Spirit of the Father’s and the Son’s union of love, so we may live in Him, as He lives in us.  For our true life is found only in Jesus.  It is in living His commandments: to love God and one another and through His resurrection, that we find life eternal.  We are claimed as God’s holy people through our belief God’s only Son.

We are a people of great joy!
We are a people of great hope! – Looking toward the kingdom of God and life eternal.
We are a people filled with the Spirit of God’s love!
An Easter people – so completely loved and desired by our Creator that He not only sacrificed His Son to save us, but sends their Holy Spirit of love to shepherd us to the gates of His heavenly kingdom.

Who has a god, like our God?

Let us continue today and everyday - to rejoice and be glad – for the Lord is risen and sends His gift of the Holy Spirit to us - now and forever.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.

Deacon Don Ron

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