Pentecost isn’t about the pyrotechnics. There is something greater afoot. A mission is laid before us.
Jesus ascended—but probably better for our ears is to think Jesus dove into the depths of what is real, he took our human nature and plunged it into the depths of God. What we are searching for when we’re searching for something real, something authentic, something profound—we’re searching for Christ, we’re searching for what the Ascension guarantees us.
“A person’s life consists in the affection that chiefly sustains him and in which he finds the greatest satisfaction.”
The place we remain. It’s more important than you think.
What if life isn’t about you, and that’s actually a good thing?
We try so hard to give ourselves the peace we so deeply long for. So why is it so elusive?
The day of the resurrection is simply a fact charged with a proposal.
During this Holy Week, we enter into the heart of Jesus’ actions: obedience.
The work of new creation isn’t some “apocalyptic” event. It happens modestly, in the silence, in hidden places. But it happens through Spirit at work in those who believe.
The great sin of the people is forgetfulness. Time and again, the sin that drives the people into terrible things is forgetfulness. The people’s problem is not a lack of energy, it’s not a lack of willpower, and it’s not even that they don’t think these laws make sense. It’s forgetfulness; forgetfulness of the God who has been faithful to them.