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In 1936 in Germany the noose of Nazi totalitarianism was tightening around the country.

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5:42But I know that you do not have the love of God in you.

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I have never been able to locate the source of this little tale. But it seems worth repeating as a reminder that the purpose of Pentecost was to gather, never to create division or bring judgment.

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5: 37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his form, 38 and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent.

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Readers of these notes may have noticed that I passed over John 5:22-30 without addressing the difficult topic of “judgment”. I confess at first, I just wanted to duck the whole subject. But it will not go away if we are to faithfully read the whole of John’s Gospel.

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5: 30 “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge*; and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

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Six years ago, as Easter was approaching, I read to the congregation in my sermon an unusually long quote written by a young man named Benjamin Moberg.

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5: 25 “Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

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It is Sunday morning. I am getting ready to host live zoomchurch online. The doorbell rings at the front door of our house.  Not entirely over-joyed to be interrupted in my preparations for “church”, I answer the door.

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5: 19 Jesus said to the Jews, “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.

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