As we move closer to Pentecost, and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we should take some time to remind ourselves of the events that have recently occurred. Holy Week and Easter, the time in which our salvation was won for us by Christ, our redemption because of Christ and the path into the kingdom that Christ has made for us.
However, there is something else we should be considering now, Jesus is both the lamb who was sacrificed for our sin, and he is the shepherd that watches over us as his flock. He is our guide in life, he is our comfort in distress, and our joy in the knowledge that He is waiting the garden for us when we leave this life for the next. We must remember that, though, He is still one more thing that we should give our consideration to.
He is the one who will judge the living and the dead at the end of time, Paul states in his letter to the Roman’s that “Everyone of us will have to render and account of themselves before God.” (Romans 14:12-13). This is an important statement to remember, we will at some time need make an account for our lives to Christ, to God as we enter the kingdom. In Romans, Paul also reminds that “Let us no longer judge one another.” (Romans 14:12-13). How does what Paul tells us in Romans, have anything to do with the coming of Pentecost, of for this Easter season for that matter? We find the answer in Matthew, 7:1-3, Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” We see this again in the words of St. Bonaventure who stated, that we should no pass judgement, as our Savior has reserved that right for Himself. So again, the question must be what does this have to do with Pentecost?
The gift of the Holy Spirit is the way that God works through us, he places us where he needs us to be that his desires for his people are met. He works within us that we may have grace, peace, and love towards one another. His Spirit is the guide we have in navigating our world in the way God needs us to. To answer the question I made previously, it has everything to do with Pentecost, as it is God’s will we are compelled to follow, not our own. Likewise, it is not our place to judge, as only He can judge. The Spirit is our guide, let us welcome the Spirit, let us listen to the Spirit and let us learn from the Spirit, that we may become the people whom God wishes us to become, free from judgement and overflowing with love towards each other.
Pastor Lisa Chachula