98 Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. 2 The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. 3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! 5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! 6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!
7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! 8 Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together 9 before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.
16 “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” 17 So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?”18 So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” 19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.
“You will see me” (John 16:16)
What a promise! Jesus was going away, but then he would come back, and the apostles would see him once more. These words must have brought them a great deal of comfort.
Of course, we know that the disciples did see Jesus again on Easter Sunday. But the “seeing” Jesus was speaking of here meant more than just encountering him again with their physical eyes. He was also talking about the way that the Holy Spirit would help them sense Jesus’ presence and love even after he had ascended and was no longer visible.
But why would Jesus think it was important for us to see him again? Didn’t his cross and resurrection take care of our salvation? Wasn’t it enough for us to hear his gospel, be baptized into his name, and try to follow his commandments?
No, it wasn’t. And thank God for this truth! We need to see Jesus every day. We need to hear his voice, to know his guidance, and to receive his love. As Paul taught, Jesus gave us the Spirit “so that we may understand the things freely given us by God” (1 Corinthians 2:12).
On our own, we could never grasp the price that Jesus paid for our salvation or the depth of his love for us. We need the Spirit to write these truths on our hearts and to help us experience them in our lives. Without him, we limit our understanding of all God can do for us – and we limit our expectations of all the grace and power that God wants to pour into us. We limit our understanding of what God is expecting of us and calling us to do for his name’s sake here on earth.
This is why Jesus wants us to baptized, immersed, in his Holy Spirit. He knows it’s the only way we can receive the power and presence of God in our lives.
So what did the apostles do after Jesus was taken away from them and after they could no longer see him? Looking forward to the fulfillment of his promise, they joined together in prayer. They delved into the Scriptures. They prayed, “Come, Holy Spirit!”
Let’s follow their example. From now until Pentecost, let’s dive into Scripture, fix our eyes on Jesus, and try to increase our prayer life. Let’s ask for the grace to see Jesus with new eyes, the eyes of the Holy Spirit.
Come, Holy Spirit! Open the eyes of my heart! Amen.
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Feasting On The Word: Daily Bible Reading
Sunday, May 2nd:
Monday, May 3rd:
Tuesday, May 4th:
Wednesday, May 5th:
Judges 21:1-Ruth 1:22
Thursday, May 6th:
Friday, May 7th:
1 Samuel 1:1-2:21
Saturday, May 8th:
1 Samuel 2:22-4:22
Sunday, May 9th:
1 Samuel 5:1-7:17
Monday, May 10th:
1 Samuel 8:1-9:27
Tuesday, May 11th:
1 Samuel 10:1-11:15
Wednesday, May 12th:
1 Samuel 12:1-13:23
Thursday, May 13th:
1 Samuel 14:1-52
Friday, May 14th:
1 Samuel 15:1-16:23
Saturday, May 15th:
1 Samuel 17:1-18:4
Sunday, May 16th:
1 Samuel 18:5-19:24
Monday, May 17th:
1 Samuel 20:1-21:15
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.