The texts for Pentecost Sunday talk about the role of the Holy Spirit in both the Old and New Testament Church, and in the lives of individual believers. The readings tell us that the Spirit is the source of prophesies and visions, and can operate in expected as well as unexpected ways.
For both the Israelites and the community of New Testament believers, the stories from Numbers and Acts reminded them not to limit God’s activity. Under the Spirit’s guidance, people may prophesy in the “wrong” place and in seemingly inappropriate ways; for instance, they may seem drunk! In our own day, if we do not perceive the Spirit at work in our lives, it could mean that we have misplaced expectations.
Jesus, a teacher with no formal training; a religious leader unattached to either the temple or to a sect, himself defied expectations, yet he was God’s choice to save the human race from sin. By faith in Jesus Christ, the misplaced expectations of our hearts can be reset, and where once death reigned, living water will flow.
Preached by the Rev. Jake Dell on June 4, 2017 at Holy Trinity Church Inwood.