When Jesus reached the culmination of His ministry, in His Passion and death as He had foretold repeatedly, none but one of His chosen twelve were there with Him to see it. They were scattered, afraid, behind locked doors. Useless. Even after Jesus rose from the dead - as He promised - and appeared repeatedly to them, they still did not understand His work and their mission. Remember that question:"Lord wilt Thou now get about making our country great again?" If any of us had been Jesus, we would have blotted them off the face of the earth for being so obtuse and useless.
He, though, said He would send them the Counselor, the One to shed some light and insight on the truths they needed to know to be useful for the work for which they were chosen.
Then came Pentecost. Then came the Holy Spirit. Then came wisdom and boldness. Then they were useful for the Lord's Kingdom.
Today we celebrate the great gift given to us - our faith in the truths of salvation. Now we too can be useful in the Lord's kingdom, and not expect the "restoring of Israel," or America, to be the thing for which we look for the betterment of our lives. Now we know that the world will hate all things connected to our Saviour, but that we tell the Good News anyway, and live as light in the world, as did the Apostles after Pentecost.
|The windows of the church in Gruyere - here: Pentecost.|
More travel pictures to come.