Week of: May 27, 2018
Scripture: John 3:1-17
... we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen ...
(John 3:11, NRSV)
On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit empowered the disciples to testify. What did they know?
From the prophet Isaiah (6:1-5), the disciples knew God as holy and worthy of praise, but they had fallen short of God’s expectations. Isaiah confessed his sin and was cleansed. The disciples knew of Isaiah’s confession.
From the Psalms (29), the disciples knew that God commands the waters and rules over the flood. He breaks the cedars and the oaks. He shakes the wilderness.
The disciples knew the same things Jesus taught Nicodemus — that Jesus is the Son of God, and those who believe in Jesus will have eternal life (John).
The apostle Paul later taught the Roman disciples that by living through the Spirit, they became God’s beloved children (Romans 8:14-17).
The first-century disciples knew these things and they testified of these things, even at the cost of their lives.
These lessons still hold true two millennia later. So today, what do we know?
Through dance or movement in worship, we experience God’s richness.
Through visual expressions in worship, we envision God’s story.
Through music in worship, we experience God’s tender mercy and God’s glory.
We tell what we know of God through the artistic talents we have been given. This is our testimony through God’s gift of the creative arts.
Abba, Father, thank you for enfolding me into your family. Use my testimony of your redeeming love to add to your kingdom.
Nancy Yager Smith
Somerville First UMC
Image: Strater, Louis Joseph. Trinity, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=56147. Original source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Detail_kazuifel_J.L._Str%C3%A4ter_drie-eenheid.jpg.