The pace of life, from the announcement of God at the Baptism of Jesus, “This is my son, of whom I am well pleased.” until his crucifixion had been slow, and almost methodical. There was the assembling of the Apostles and much teaching to do; many sick and impaired to be comforted and healed; and a long walk to Jerusalem.
But now, after the pain of the crucifixion and the joy of the resurrection and ascension, a new element and quickness arrived as the Holy Spirit came and entered into the Apostles and followers. What they had seen and been taught had been verified; and, with that Spirits urging, was broadcast to all who would listen; and the number of followers multiplied rapidly; and the Spirit was among them.
This Spirit was even among the Gentiles who were looked down upon by the Jews. Peter in a vision offered by the Spirit, told them that the Gospel of Jesus was meant for all, everyone, even those who were despised and shunned by the stalwart Jews of the temple. Peter taught them what the Spirit had told him, “There is to be no distinction between them and us.”
And the Holy Spirit dwelt among them; and a loud voice from the throne, spoke in John’s Revelation, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; and they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them;” And again, in the same passage, the one seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also, “To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.” In all of this, the Holy Spirit and God himself surely dwells among the people.
From the vision of Peter we learn we are all loved. And God is the God and Father of all; those whom we like and those whom we may not like. For the Holy Spirit can and will dwell among all of us. It is free, it is life giving, and it is enlightening. To maintain that presence Jesus gave us a new commandment; a new way of living; “…that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
By following this rule, and acknowledging that Holy Spirit which dwells among us; let us go forth to love and serve the Lord. Amen
The Rev. George O. Martin is an Ordained Deacon at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 17th and Adams, Great Bend. Send email to email@example.com.