Tuesday, May 25, 2010

John 16:12-15 - The Gospel Lectionary Passage for Sunday, May 30, 2010

This is my own translation of the lectionary gospel lesson for Sunday. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God:


12“Many things I myself have to say to you, but you are not able to bear them now. 13But when this one might come, the spirit of truth, he will lead you into all truth. For he will not speak concerning himself, but what he will hear, he will speak. And what is coming, he will announce to you. 14This one will glorify me, because from me, he will take and will announce it to you. 15Everything that the father has is mine. For this reason, I said that from me, he takes and will announce to you.


  1. This looks like a fertile text for a sermon on the work of the Holy Spirit. Grab Calvin's iNstitutes and start reading.

  2. Proclaim SermonsMay 26, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Unfortunately, preachers have often done a very poor job of dealing with this basic Christian doctrine. People are told that it's important to believe that God is "one nature in three persons" and perhaps are persuaded that it's somehow true, but then the idea gets dropped and never seems to have much to do with all the other aspects of the faith. It's talked about as if it were some sort of religious algebra in which three equals one. Or we're just told that it's a "mystery" and that we shouldn't try to understand it - advice that most people are happy to accept!
    And it's true that a full understanding of the inner life of God is a mystery that is beyond our grasp. God is God and we aren't God. We know God only to the extent that God has revealed himself to us. But God has revealed something of the divine life to us, and today's gospel, from the 16th chapter of John, is part of the biblical witness to that revelation. In this chapter, set in the night when Jesus was handed over to suffering and death, he is getting his disciples ready for the time when they will no longer see him. He is not going to leave them - and us - alone, however, but is going to send his Spirit, who is also the Spirit of the Father, to counsel, comfort and guide his people.

  3. Proclaim SermonsMay 26, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    The Trinity is often considered a difficult concept, but it can be seen as an expression of the biblical claim that God is love. That love extends "outward" in God's free decision to create a world. Even sin is not able to thwart God's intention that creation should share in the giving and receiving that characterizes the divine life.