by Brunhilde Luken
Yes, let us shout for Joy, Christ is risen, He is risen indeed. He has also sent to us, as He had promised, “The Holy Spirit.”
His disciples could barely retain this wonderful God given joy.
The tomb was empty.
Mary Magdalene saw it first and was smitten with tears, as she cried out, “Where have they laid my Lord?”
Then Jesus called her by name, “Mary.” She immediately recognized Him and answered “Raboni (Teacher).” What a joy she must have felt. Nobody could say her name with so much love expressed, by simply calling her name.
I can imagine her joy as she ran and told the other disciples and also Mary, His mother.
Their faith was a bit shaken when He died so brutally beaten on the cross. Deep in their hearts they had kept the words hidden when Jesus said, “This Temple will be destroyed and in three days I will rebuild it.” Mary knew deep in her heart that Jesus was special. He was the Son of God, born without sin, yet fully human and fully God. He had promised. “In three days I will rise again.”
His presence felt special, yet it was all so out of the ordinary that the disciples became frightened. They feared for their own lives.
Jesus knew all of this. This is why he promised them the Holy Spirit. He knew their weaknesses. He knew they needed help.
Many disciples gathered in one room after it was confirmed by His appearance that He has risen as He had promised. As they were deciding what is next, then, all of a sudden Jesus stood among them. What a joy and love there was among all off them. Jesus asked for food to show He was truly alive. As all were huddled together, maybe even danced around shouting for joy, He vanished from their sight. Now they all knew it was all true. All the words Jesus spoke were alive. Thomas was not with them at the time. When he arrived they excitingly told him of the appearance of Jesus but he did not believe. He said, “Unless I see Jesus’ wounds and touch them I will not believe.” Again Jesus appeared to those gathered with Thomas. Thomas touched His wounds, “and now he believed”.
Jesus was seen by many during a time after He had died.
The Holy Spirit Promised, Acts 1:4-9:
“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem but to wait for the Promise of the Father,” which, He said, “You have heard from Me; For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him saying “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”And He said to them,” It is not for you to know: times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samara, and to the end of the earth.”
The Upper Room Prayer Meeting, Acts 1:12-15:
“Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying; Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Asphacus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. These all continued with one acord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”
Coming of the Holy Spirit, Acts 2:1-8:
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another,” Look, are not al these who speak Galileans?”
We also live in a troubled world. There are times when I don’t like to listen to the news. Too much darkness covers the earth today. There is also much light. Christ never promised it would be easy to follow Him. Our responsibility is to live according to His word. We have to stand firm in the teachings of the scripture. It does not say anywhere we will always be happy, but we can feel the peace and joy that comes from the Lord. Pray without ceasing.
“Come Holy, Spirit come”
2 Corinthians 4:18: “We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but on what is unseen is eternal.”
“In Solitude I will find you.”
When I created this painting, as usually when I paint, I may have a thought but soon I loose my self in the painting, as I feel truly touched by the Lord. I really don’t feel the time pass, but I know when it is finished. I can say while I paint I feel one with the Lord. When I looked at the finished painting I felt so moved by the Holy Spirit. I looked again and I saw the Christ with outstretched arms. I knew then my work of art was finished.
In the words of Michelangelo Buonarroti:
“True art is made noble and religious by the mind producing it …. the endeavor to create something perfect, for God is perfection, and whoever strives after perfection is striving for something divine.”
Also, as Paul Klee expressed so eloquently, “Art does not reproduce the visible, rather, it makes visible.”
May all of you feel especially touched by the Holy Spirit as we celebrate Pentecost.
Let us be united in His Love.