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'Twas the night before Pentecost, when all through the house...

May 20, 2018

In our focus on the Acts reading on Pentecost, we often overlook this important passage from John 16:

 

8And when [the Holy Spirit] comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 11about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.

 

The Holy Spirit comes to us to prove us wrong.  I hate being wrong!  But I am thankful to be wrong about all of this.  I am wrong about sin, because I act as though sin is what I do rather than my lack of faith.  I am wrong about righteousness, because I trust in my own righteousness rather than the righteousness of the One who came for me.  And I and wrong about judgment because I believe that God desires to judge, and instead God judges and condemns the ruler of this world.  Thank God I’m wrong.

 

And just in case I missed the point, at the end of John 16, Jesus says: “But take courage; I have conquered the world!” Amen. Amen.

 

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