Summary: PENTECOST, YEAR C - Pentecost power. The outpouring of God’s Spirit is to empower us to dream dreams and see visions.
Have you ever had one of those nights? You know one of those nights when you are woken up from a deep sleep by a dream that was so vivid that you have to lay there in bed for a while until you’ve convinced yourself that it was in fact only a dream. Rosemary had that kind of dream last week. She dreamed that our dog, Max died in his sleep. It was so vivid it woke her up. And she could not fall asleep again until she was sure Max was, in fact, alive. Even though most of us probably have had dreams like this, we don’t like to attribute too much credence to them, do we? We would far rather try to explain them all away. You know how it goes. Oh, it’s just our subconscious attempting to process the events of our day. Or, it’s simply how our minds work at handling the stress in our lives. We have a long list of ways to dismiss our dreams. How often have you heard these well known catch phrases, “It’s just a dream,” or “He’s such a dreamer.” Or better yet, “Ya, right. In your dreams!” After all, - dreams aren’t really important - are they?
Yet, this book we call the Bible is filled with accounts of people dreaming. Dreams that were not simple explained away but were interpreted by the dreamers as being of great significance. When God established his covenant with Abraham, not only did he appear to him in a vision, but he then confirmed his promise to Abraham through a dream. Jacob also had a dream where God came and confirmed with Jacob the covenant God had made with Abraham. It was through a dream that Samuel was called to become a prophet of the living God. And through dreams that God led Joseph to take Mary as his wife. Dreams are important to God, for it was through the prophet Joel that God promised that a day would come when he would pour out His spirit upon His followers. And God said that we would know that day had come when young men dreamed dreams and old men saw visions. That day has come, and we gather here this morning to remember the day God poured out the fullness of His Spirit upon His people. The day we know as Pentecost. That day marked a new beginning in the covenant with God, an event long anticipated by those who had walked with God, and longed for his abiding presence with them. Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, we would be one step closer to the promise that one day the dwelling of God would be among us. God purposes were not finish on that day, but they took up a fuller reality.
From the first day of creation God had a good intent for us, God had a dream for humanity. And even in the midst of our rebellion, that dream continued. God establish the Covenant with Israel to keep that dream alive. God sent Jesus Christ to bring that dream into reality, and God poured out his Spirit to empower us to live God’s dream in all it’s fullness. What does God dream of night after night, and each and every waking moment? God dreams for the day when,
No longer shall each man teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.”