The Promise of the Holy Spirit


John 14:15-30

If you love me, you will obey my commandments.

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you for ever.

He is the Spirit who reveals the truth about God.

The world cannot receive him, because it cannot see him or know him.

But you know him, because he remains with you and is in you.

When I go, you will not be left all alone; I will come back to you.

In a little while the world will see me no more, but you will see me; and because I live, you also will live.

When that day comes, you will know that I am in my Father
and that you are in me, just as I am in you.

Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me.

My Father will love those who love me;

I too will love them and reveal myself to them.

Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “Lord, how can it be that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?”

Jesus answered him, “Whoever loves me will obey my teaching.

My Father will love him, and my Father and I will come to him and live with him.

Whoever does not love me does not obey my teaching.

And the teaching you have heard is not mine, but comes from the Father, who sent me.

I have told you this while I am still with you.

The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you.

“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you.

I do not give it as the world does.

Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.

You heard me say to you, ‘I am leaving, but I will come back to you.’

If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father;
for he is greater than I.

I have told you this now before it all happens,
so that when it does happen, you will believe.

I cannot talk with you much longer, because the ruler of this world is coming.

He has no power over me, but the world must know that I love the Father; that is why I do everything as he commands me.

Jesus the Way to the Father


John 14:1-7

Do not be worried and upset,” Jesus told them.

Believe in God and believe also in me.

There are many rooms in my Father’s house,

and I am going to prepare a place for you.

I would not tell you this if it were not so.

And after I go and prepare a place for you,

I will come back and take you to myself,

so that you will be where I am.

You know the way that leads to the place where I am going.

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going;

so how can we know the way to get there?”

Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life;

no one goes to the Father except by me.

Now that you have known me,” he said to them,

you will know my Father also,

and from now on you do know him and you have seen him.

The Lord’s Universal Reign of Peace

Micah 4:1-5

In days to come

the mountain where the Temple stands

will be the highest one of all,

towering above all the hills.

Many nations will come streaming to it,

and their people will say,

“Let us go up the hill of the Lord,

among his own vineyards and fig trees,

and no one will make him afraid.

The Lord Almighty has promised this.

Each nation worships and obeys its own god,

but we will worship and obey the Lord our God for ever and ever.

He who Comes from Heaven


John3:31-36

He who comes from above is greater than all.

He who is from the earth belongs to the earth

and speaks about earthly matters,

but he who comes from heaven is above all.

He tells what he has seen and heard,

yet no one accepts his message.

But whoever accepts his message

confirms by this that God is truthful.

The one whom God has sent speaks God’s words,

because God gives him the fullness of his Spirit.

The Father loves his Son

and has put everything in his power.

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life;

whoever disobeys the Son will not have life,

but will remain under God’s punishment.

Judgement by Jesus’ Words

John 12:44-50

Jesus said in a loud voice, “Whoever believes in me

believes not only in me but also in him who sent me.

Whoever sees me sees also him who sent me.

1 have come into the world as light, so that everyone

who believes in me should not remain in the darkness.

If anyone hears my message and does not obey it,

I will not judge him. I came, not to judge the world, but to save it.

Those who reject me and do not accept my message

have one who will judge them.

The words I have spoken will be their judge on the last day!

This is true, because I have not spoken on my own authority,

but the Father who sent me has commanded me what I must say and speak.

And I know that his command brings eternal life.

What I say, then, is what the Father has told me to say.”

The Resurrection


1 Corinthians 15:51-58

Listen to this secret truth: we shall not all die,

but when the last trumpet sounds;

we shall all be changed in an instant,

as quickly as the blinking of an eye when the trumpet sounds,

the dead will be raised, never to die again, and we shall all be changed.

For what is mortal must be changed into what is immortal;

what will die must be changed into what cannot die.

S0 when this takes place, and the mortal has been changed into the immortal,

then the scripture will come true: “Death is destroyed; victory is complete!”

Where, Death, is your victory?

Where, Death, is you power to hurt?”

Death gets its power to hurt from sin, and sin gets its power from the Law.

But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

So then, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and steady.

Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord’s service is ever useless.

God’s Promise of Mercy


Malachi 3:13-18

“You have said terrible things about me,” says the Lord.

“But you ask, ‘What have we said about you?’

You have said, ‘It’s useless to serve God.

What’s the use of doing what he says or trying to show

the Lord Almighty that we are sorry for what we have done?

As we see it, proud people are the ones who are happy.

Evil people not only prosper, but they test God’s patience

with their evil deeds and get away with it.”

Then the people who feared the Lord spoke to one another,

and the Lord listened and heard what they said.

In his presence, there was written down in a book a record

of those who feared the Lord and respected him.

“They will be my people,” says the Lord Almighty.

“On the day when I act, they will be my very own.

I will be merciful to them, as a father is merciful to the son who serves him.

Once again my people will see the difference between what

happens to the righteous and to the wicked, to the person

who serves me and the one who does not.