- Written by Jason Jones, Saint John’s Gift Planning Counselor Jason Jones, Saint John’s Gift Planning Counselor
- Created: 25 May 2019 25 May 2019
Jesus’ resurrection indeed glows with rays of love and hope. Pentecost’s Promise inspires every believer with confidence that God is with us, today and forever.
Our Creator’s consistency is remarkable. He formed the universe and planet for all people. His design’s unmatched grandeur and beauty is evident everywhere, as is His infinite kindness. For sure, breathing life’s breath in all living things proves a most compelling promise.
Perfection fashioned humans as the Crown of Creation, caretakers living in freedom. One limitation was communicated: “Don’t eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” The warning’s intent was to keep us from the effects of disharmony, loneliness, inequity, immorality and wickedness. Human adherence to this command with every pass of the tree honored the God who had made it. Yet disobedience entered the world and with disobedience came death.
Sadly, we eat the forbidden fruit like our first parents did. Willfully disregarding the promises God gave, we fail to recognize the utter depravity in our nature. Rescue could not come from within us. Our deliverance had to be in our Savior, Jesus, given to us.
A promise of deliverance was given just as humans were banished from that temporal Paradise. Perfect Love couldn’t allow His Crown (humans) to live forever in horrible conditions of death. The history of God’s plan to rescue the world in Jesus is the purpose for which the universe was made.
No other God among gods entered human form to live among us, suffer the sacrifice of death to pay the price demanded of perfection gone wrong, fulfilling all prophecies and promises. Easter is documented proof that Jesus is God in flesh. His power over sin, death and the devil opened the way for us to live in the knowledge and doing of His will. That power comes to us by the Spirit.
Pentecost’s Promise gives comfort that God is with us always. Pentecost’s Promise gives us power from the Spirit of our Living God and the gift of faith to believe. We can now reflect His image, so others will know too. Does your life, and end of life planning, reflect Pentecost’s Promise?