In the languages of the Bible, “Spirit” and “breath” are the same word.
In the gospel of John, on the evening of Easter Sunday, Jesus breathed himself into his gathered disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Jesus became communicable. He is the living One, who through the process of his death, made his . . . → Read More: Sermon given on Pentecost Sunday 2017, June 4, at St. Mark’s in Teaneck
[April 27, 2014] At the heart of this passage, which takes place on the evening of Easter Day, Jesus breathes into his disciples and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” It is the fulfillment of everything for which the Gospel according to John has been preparing us. John’s gospel (written decades after Matthew and . . . → Read More: John 20:19-31, Receive the Holy Spirit
The Lord’s Supper
[January 22, 2012] When we come to the Lord’s Table, our Lord tells us to remember Him. For those who saw Jesus with their own eyes, “remembering” meant to recall Him to their minds, to cherish Him in their hearts, and to honor Him with their intentions, words and . . . → Read More: Matthew 4:18—5:16, Discipleship and Beatitude (additional notes)
What Blessedness Is
[January 22, 2012] What does the word “Blessed” mean?
If we take it out of its Biblical context, which is what a lot of modern translations and preachers do, the word can simply mean “happy.” But poverty, being mournful, and hungering and thirsting, and having people say . . . → Read More: Matthew 4:18—5:16, Discipleship and Beatitude
[June 26, 2011] Chapters 14—16, of the Gospel according to John, framed by chapters 13 and 17, is the interpretation of the cross and resurrection that follows. In chapter 14 we saw that by our Lord passing through death and resurrection, He would be able to release the Holy Spirit into His believers . . . → Read More: John 16:16-33, The Newborn Child of the Resurrection
[June 19, 2011] Today is Trinity Sunday, which, following Pentecost, when the Spirit was given for the work of bearing witness to Christ in the world, directs us to the name into which we baptize, and thus the beginning of the Christian life. The passage under our view today is especially apropos for . . . → Read More: John 16:5-15, The Spirit’s Convicting and Revealing
[June 12, 2011] Today is Pentecost Sunday and in our service of worship we will probably discuss the significance of the Holy Spirit descending on the church on Pentecost and the difference between that and the coming of the Holy Spirit in the Gospel according to John. These are not the same; the . . . → Read More: John 15:18—16:4, The Spirit’s Testifying
[May 29, 2011] Today we continue where we left off in chapter 14. Last time we saw that it was clear that Jesus was not talking about His going away for the duration of the church age and coming again at His Second Advent; rather, He was clearly talking about His going away . . . → Read More: John 14:21-31, The Abode of Peace
[May 22, 2011] Today let us turn to Jesus’ speech to His disciples during the Last Supper. We’ll pick up after He washes His disciples’ feet and gives them the new commandment of love. This speech takes the place of the Last Supper meal, which, like baptism, is supposed and alluded to in . . . → Read More: John 14:1-20, Our Abode in the Father’s House