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.