This Sunday, we proclaim the final and joyful turning point in the mission of God. If you want to quickly tell the story of God’s mission in the world, you can do it in five main chapters: 1) creation; 2) fall; 3) the election of Israel; 4) the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; and 5) the new creation. We live in chapter five, when the Spirit of God is bringing about the new creation through this Spirit-filled community called the church. And the story of Pentecost — like any good “introduction” — gives us important clues about what the shape of this new creation will be.
In chapter 17 of John, we overhear Jesus praying for the ones he has traveled with for three years; the motley crew whom he called from their nets and labor, whom the Father gave to him. Jesus is praying for them, and for, “those who will believe in me through their word.” (v. 20) That’s you.