Preparing for Pentecost 1

We now enter into Easter season as we prepare for Pentecost. To prepare us for Pentecost, I want to devote a spot on this blog each day on weekdays to 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed.
I’ve not blogged through a book of my own before, and don’t have any intent of summarizing chps. Instead, I’ll ruminate on and reflect on the theme of each chp. So, let me begin with this thought:
Pentecost is about the gift of the Spirit that creates Pentecost Community and Pentecost Praxis. The Community and the Praxis are generated by the Spirit. These twin themes will be the guiding lights for our journey toward Pentecost. What Pentecost brings is a community shaped entirely by love of God and love of others, the Jesus Creed. So, to prepare for Pentecost so we can become more of a Pentecost Community, we will focus on the Jesus Creed.
To use an image: we are prone to read an idea and think we’ve got it. Instead, I learned a lesson last summer from hummingbirds. They fed on our feeders up to 50 times a day — stopping by for a drink and a sip and then off to burn off that energy supply. Instead of eating like lions — and I think they eat only every few days but when they do they eat truckloads — we need to feed like hummingbirds on the Jesus Creed if we want to have its energy each day. Hence, for 40 days we’ll sip daily from the themes of this book about the Jesus Creed. (By the way, this is a book about how the Jesus Creed shaped the earliest Christians, sections that would have made the original The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others too long.)
Hence, again, I will ask us to repeat the Jesus Creed each morning and each evening, and any time it comes to mind. What is it? Here it is:
Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Mike Mangold

    Good morning, Scot. I truly hope that you and your family had a blessed and renewing Resurrection Day. You deserve it.
    When your book first came out, I typed up and laminated a copy of the “Jesus Creed” which I keep in my wallet. I read and repeat it every day to remind me what life is all about. For Lent, though, I gave that up! So now I can go back to repeating it.
    As a Pentecostal, I’m looking forward with excitement to this next part of your “liturgical year.”
    God bless you.

  • http://www.jesustheradicalpastor.com John Frye

    Without diminishing Jesus’ cross-death and resurrection, were they not steps toward the *big promise* to pour out the Spirit on all people (Joel 2, Acts 2)? Jesus’ preparatory work was lead toward and to create this community of Spirit-empowered people—the people of God.

  • Anni

    Greetings, Scot! The devo book came in the mail last week. I’m looking forward to going through this journey to Pentecost with you and the Jesus Creed community.
    It does seem that Pentecost gets overlooked in the Church. Maybe we focus on Christmas and Easter because they are enjoined with childrens’ activities, with Santa and the Easter Bunny. Pentecost, however, does not carry those burdens. I discover lots of church folks who don’t even know what it is (I say this to our shame). Perhaps if we came up with some kind of Pentecost mascot we could jazz up this holiday! ;) On the other hand, it’s nice to have a “pure” holiday, for a change.

  • http://abisomeone.blogspot.com/ Peggy

    I’m in! Looking forward to this angle of the Jesus Creed.
    It is so true that we frequently tend to be more like lions than hummingbirds…and that is not the way humans were designed. Even our “three square meals” is being pushed to “six small meals”, as we recognize the importance of constantly providing the proper nutrients for our brains and bodies to function well throughout the day.
    It is my prayer that as we go through these chapters, sipping the sweet nectar as “hummingbirds,” that shoots of a society transformed by loving God and loving others will be pushing through the soil of each of our lives and circumstances and bring glory to God.
    Thanks for leading us to Pentecost, Scot. I wonder what the Spirit will do in our midst? 8)

  • http://davidherricktypepad.com David

    Hi Scot,
    I got your book last week, and I’m doing this daily devo with you and the community here. i love it!

  • http://attie.wordpress.com attie

    Hi Scot,
    Unfortunately the book is not available in South Africa at this stage. I will however join you and teh rest of the Jesus Creed community on this journey towards Pentecost and we are looking forward to haveyou in SOuth Africa for our annual Pentecost meetings. After reading yout book on the Jesus Creed I say the Jesus Creed at least twice every day. Before getting out of bed inthe morning and before I go to sleep at night, and the whenever I remember through the rest of the day.


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