Preached at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California on the Day of Pentecost, May 23, 2021 by Pastor Todd A. Peperkorn.
Sermon Text: Ezekiel 37:1-14
Sermon Theme: “Living Breath, Living Bones, Living People”
Old Testament: Ezekiel 37:1–14
Epistle: Acts 2:1–21
Holy Gospel: John 15:26–27; 16:4b–15
The Holy Spirit Brings the Dead to Life by the Righteousness of Christ
In returning to His Father by way of the cross and resurrection, Christ Jesus sends “the Helper” to His Church, that is, “the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father.” The Spirit testifies of Christ and glorifies Him by taking what is His and declaring it to the world in the preaching of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (John 15:26; 16:7, 14). He convicts the world of sin by the word of the Law, He forgives sins and justifies sinners by the Word of the Gospel, and He bestows the faith that says “Amen” to this righteousness of God (John 16:8–11). Therefore, the Lord pours out His Spirit on the apostles, that by their preaching, the Spirit should be given to His entire Church. As the multitudes are gathered from all the nations by “this sound,” that is, by the preaching of “the mighty works of God” in Christ Jesus, so does God the Father pour out the Spirit of His Son “on all flesh” (Acts 2:6, 11, 17). The Lord God breathes upon the slain, and so shall they live; for so the Lord has spoken, and He shall do it (Ezek. 37:5–14).