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Life Poured Out vii

John 19:38-42  (CEV)

Jesus Is Buried

38 Joseph from Arimathea was one of Jesus’ disciples. He had kept it secret though, because he was afraid of the Jewish leaders. But now he asked Pilate to let him have Jesus’ body. Pilate gave him permission, and Joseph took it down from the cross.

39 Nicodemus also came with about seventy-five pounds of spices made from myrrh and aloes. This was the same Nicodemus who had visited Jesus one night. 40 The two men wrapped the body in a linen cloth, together with the spices, which was how the Jewish people buried their dead. 41 In the place where Jesus had been nailed to a cross, there was a garden with a tomb that had never been used. 42 The tomb was nearby, and since it was the time to prepare for the Sabbath, they were in a hurry to put Jesus’ body there.

Your life poured out.
You are gone.
Gone from this world,
Gone from our lives.

What can I do now?
What is left?

All I can offer
is to take your body,
lovingly tend it
and prepare it,
in the way you tended to us.

To offer
all that I have
and wait

 

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Worth Waiting For

I don’t know how good you are at waiting.  I’m not very good.  If I’m waiting for something scary, I just want it to be over and done with; if I’m waiting for something nice, I want it to be here to enjoy it.

Jesus told the disciples to wait.  He had given them a task to do, but they had to wait for God’s power to be able to accomplish it.  And now the waiting is over.

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

2 On the day of Pentecost all the Lord’s followers were together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting. Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there. The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak.

Many religious Jews from every country in the world were living in Jerusalem. And when they heard this noise, a crowd gathered. But they were surprised, because they were hearing everything in their own languages. They were excited and amazed, and said:

Don’t all these who are speaking come from Galilee? Then why do we hear them speaking our very own languages? Some of us are from Parthia, Media, and Elam. Others are from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, 10 Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, parts of Libya near Cyrene, Rome, 11 Crete, and Arabia. Some of us were born Jews, and others of us have chosen to be Jews. Yet we all hear them using our own languages to tell the wonderful things God has done.

12 Everyone was excited and confused. Some of them even kept asking each other, “What does all this mean?”

13 Others made fun of the Lord’s followers and said, “They are drunk.”

Peter Speaks to the Crowd

14 Peter stood with the eleven apostles and spoke in a loud and clear voice to the crowd:

Friends and everyone else living in Jerusalem, listen carefully to what I have to say! 15 You are wrong to think that these people are drunk. After all, it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 But this is what God had the prophet Joel say,

17 “When the last days come,
I will give my Spirit
to everyone.
Your sons and daughters
will prophesy.
Your young men
will see visions,
and your old men
will have dreams.
18 In those days I will give
my Spirit to my servants,
both men and women,
and they will prophesy.

19 I will work miracles
in the sky above
and wonders
on the earth below.
There will be blood and fire
and clouds of smoke.
20 The sun will turn dark,
and the moon
will be as red as blood
before the great
and wonderful day
of the Lord appears.
21 Then the Lord
will save everyone
who asks for his help.”

The Holy Spirit came upon them, and equipped them for the task that Jesus had left with them.

God has kept his promise, they are not alone.  Jesus has gone back to heaven, but God is still with them in the power of the Holy Spirit.  They waited for him, and he hasn’t let them down.  God is still equipping them for the task to which he called them.

God will continue to equip us for the task that he calls us to.  He doesn’t ask us to do something and leave us alone to get on with it – this is what he has always promised to do – to pour out his Spirit on those who proclaim his message.  We go not in our own power, but in his.

For me this has one simple, yet profound message:

Wait for God, don’t rush ahead, don’t try to do it without him.

Today, we can use the words of this song as a prayer for God to come, to quip us anew, fill us and use us, by his power.

Holy Spirit, We Welcome You by Chris Bowater

Holy Spirit, we welcome You
Holy Spirit, we welcome You
Move among us with holy fire
As we lay aside all earthly desires
Hands reach out and our hearts aspire
Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit, we welcome You
Holy Spirit, we welcome You
Holy Spirit, we welcome You
Let the breeze of Your presence blow
That Your children here might truly know
How to move in the Spirit’s flow
Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit, we welcome You

Holy Spirit, we welcome You
Holy Spirit, we welcome You
Please accomplish in me today
Some new work of loving grace, I pray
Unreservedly have Your way
Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit, we welcome You

Waiting…

Waiting for the coming of the new shoot and what it brings is summed up beautifully in this song of hope and longing by Chris Bowater and Ian Taylor:

 Creation is awaiting the return of the King.
The trees are poised to clap their hands for joy.
The mountains stand majestic to salute their God;
The desert lies in wait to burst into bloom 
The King is coming
The King is coming
The King is coming
to set creation free
The King is coming
The King is coming
The King is coming
to set creation free 
The church is awaiting the return of the King.
The people joined together in his love.
Redeemed by his blood, washed in his word.
As a bride longs for her bridegroom,
the Church looks to God.

 The King is coming
The King is coming
The King is coming
to set creation free
The King is coming
The King is coming
The King is coming
to set creation free 
The world is awaiting the return of the King.
The earth is a footstool for his feet.
Every knee will bow down,
every tongue confess,
that Jesus Christ is lord
of heaven and earth 
The King is coming
The King is coming
The King is coming
to set creation free
The King is coming
The King is coming
The King is coming
to set creation free

 Chris Bowater and Ian Taylor

Come Lord, bring freedom to our world.

Come Lord, and bring justice to this world.

Make it possible for people to live and work together.

Free those caught up in situations not of their own making.

Free those who have tied themselves in knots.

Come to each one of us.

Bring strength and hope to our situation.

Grow in us anew,

That we may grow in you.  Amen