Prepare for The Sunday after the Ascension – Exaudi (05/28)Pr. Christopher Gillespie
The Spirit of Truth Bears Witness to Jesus
The Spirit of Truth bears witness to Jesus, who is the truth. But the world does not receive the truth. It loves its own and hates those who are of the truth. Just as Jesus was scorned, so is His Church. “The hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God” (John 16:2). Yet it is by Jesus’ suffering and death that we are saved. Therefore we rejoice to share in His sufferings, that we may also share in His resurrection glory (1 Pet. 4:7–14). Through the ministry of the Spirit of Truth, we are cleansed from the deceit of our idols and given a new heart and a new spirit, the heart and Spirit of Christ (Ezek. 36:22–28). He now works in us fervent, self-giving love for one another, love which covers a multitude of sins, “that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Pet. 4:11).
Old Testament: Ezek. 36:22–28
Epistle: 1 Peter 4:7–11(12–14)
Gospel: John 15:26–16:4
O King of glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father; for You live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice! Alle- | luia.*
Your face, LORD, I will seek. Do not hide Your face from me. Alle- | luia. (Psalm 27:7-9)
The LORD is my light and my sal- | vation;*
whom | shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength | of my life;*
of whom shall I | be afraid?
Teach me Your | way, O LORD,*
do not deliver me to the will of my adver- | saries;
for false witnesses have risen a- | gainst me,*
and such as breathe out | violence. (Psalm 27:1, 11-12)
During the season of Easter the Gradual is omitted and the Verse expanded.
Alle- | luia.*
Alle- | luia.
God reigns over the | nations;*
God sits on His holy throne. Alle- | luia.
I will not leave you orphans; I am going away and coming | back to you;*
and your heart will rejoice. Alle- | luia. (Psalm 47:8, John 14:18, 28, 16:22)