In Brad and Laura’s sermons of Eastertide, they have brought to us the twin ideas of Resurrection and Insurrection, how they are alike, how they differ and how they are embodied in Jesus’ life. Brian McLaren’s book, “We Make the Road by Walking” has chapters for this season with titles starting with ‘Uprising.’
Jesus Christ was to all appearances the simplest of men who became the greatest revolutionary in history. He did it not by violent rebellion to defeat the Romans. Instead he confounded the followers who said “Hosanna,” “Save us” by empowering them to carry forth his message of revolutionary love and inclusion. It is to be admitted that they spent a lot of time not getting it and hoping for something more dramatic. That something dramatic came at Pentecost in the form of the Holy Spirit entering into them.
It is always tempting in this season just to read that passage in Acts, but it is much more informative to contrast what the believers thought and understood before and after this singular event. This too is Graduation Sunday and a moment to think about the positive revolution that exists in every young person to make the world a better place when the Holy Spirit enters into them. In preparation for Sunday’s message, you can read and contrast Acts 1:6-9 and Acts 2:43-47 . Remember to wear RED on Pentecost.