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The Rev. William Klock: “Ambassadors of Heaven” (Acts 2:1-11)

May 31, 2015

From Fr. Bill Klock of Living Word Reformed Episcopal Church in British Columbia, here is an excellent sermon for Whitsunday or Pentecost (which was this past Sunday), titled Ambassadors of Heaven.  In this message, Fr. Bill starts out by asking this question: What’s the significance of Pentecost?  I believe he answers this very well with this paragraph:

Pentecost mirrors Jesus’ own baptism.  Think back to the beginning of the story of Jesus’ ministry.  He was baptised by John and as he came up out of the waters of the Jordan River the Holy Spirit descended on him and the Lord spoke from heaven: This is my beloved Son; in him I am well-pleased.  At Pentecost the Lord did the same thing for the Church.  He spent his Spirit not only to indwell us, but to commission us to carry out the mission that Jesus began.  On Pentecost the Lord declared to his Church, to all those who are in Christ: These are my beloved sons and daughters; in them I am well-pleased.  And as Jesus was sent from his baptism into the wilderness to suffer Satan’s harassment and to triumph over him in the power of the Spirit, so from our baptism at Pentecost, the Church is sent out into the wilderness: to charge into the darkness with the light of Christ, to proclaim the good news that Jesus is Lord and that he has conquered sin and death and Satan.  We’re not called to go timidly into the world to offer people a new option on the smorgasbord of world religions.  No, we’re to charge into the territory of Satan and of Caesar to proclaim that there is a new Lord, that the kingdoms of Satan and of Caesar are coming to an end and that Jesus is Lord.  Our message is one that we should be taking not with timidity and fear, but with power and authority.  Ascension and Pentecost give us the assurance we need that Jesus reigns, that his kingdom is here and now, and that however bad things may look today, he will with absolute certainty subdue every enemy and return on the clouds the conquering king at the end of the age.

How is that for an encouraging message?  If you’d like to listen to it, you can do so below.

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