The Spirit of God is a life-giver in the midst of chaos, one who works chaos in our lives so that we are forced to reckon with the fact that it’s God who is our life-giver. There is comfort and life from the hand of God. It’s the same comfort and life and parental care that was lavished on Jesus. And Jesus found it in the power of the Spirit raising him from the dead.
Acts 2:1-21 The chaotic arrival of the Spirit. We need to look for God to be at work in the midst of the world (and our lives) in turmoil. And there’s a promise of this work creating its own chaos as the Spirit empowers people whom we might normally overlook as the stewards of God’s word and power.
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b God gives life, and there’s this frightening part in which God withdraws. The arrival of the Spirit is the arrival of new creation. Also there’s this: “Leviathan is the rubber ducky in God’s bathtub.”
Romans 8:14-17 The Spirit that makes us children is our life-giver and comforter. And in this we participate in the story of Jesus—a story of suffering that resolves in deliverance. To step into the suffering with Jesus means stepping into new life of resurrection—and there’s no new life without it.
John 14:8-17, (25-27) We need to keep telling ourselves that when we have seen Jesus we have seen the Father. And, as an extension, by the Spirit we are to become the people who show the Father to the world.
Make sure you grab your tickets to Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina on July 7-10! We’ll be recording and I’d love to meet more LectioCastians.
Jonathan Martin is sacramental hillbilly Pentecostal mystic. He is the author of the forthcoming How to Survive a Shipwreck and Prototype. He serves as teaching pastor at Sanctuary Church in Tulsa, OK, where he now resides. He is a graduate from Gardner-Webb University, has an MA from Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and a ThM from Duke University. His website is http://www.jonathanmartinwords.com. He tweets at theboyonthebike.
Daniel Kirk is a writer, speaker, blogger, and New Testament professor who lives in San Francisco, CA. He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University and is the author of a pair of books, Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the Justification of God and Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? His third book A Man Attested by God: the Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels, is off to the printers. He blogs regularly at StoriedTheology.com (http://patheos.com/blogs/storiedtheology). You can follow him on Twitter @jrdkirk and on Facebook at Facebook.com/jrdkirk.