Aubert (Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia) argues that understanding the motif against its Greco-Roman background is key for grasping the unity, structure, and thrust of the farewell discourse
of Acts 20 and for relating it properly to other prominent themes in Luke-Acts.
Following the ascension of Jesus, John takes us back to Jesus' farewell discourse
, in which we find the key to understanding God's relationship to us through Jesus, and our relationship to the world through them both.
Peter actually asks Jesus this during the latter's farewell discourse
, when he says "Lord where are you going?" (Jn 13:36).
The handling of the Farewell Discourse
, in this way, I found particularly revealing and even moving.
In his farewell discourse
to his disciples Jesus had said, "I give you my Peace, the Peace that the world can't give".
The long farewell discourse
of the Fourth Gospel has been reduced to seven short sentences.
Jesus himself talks about it frankly in the section of John that is widely known as the Farewell Discourse
. Farewells are commonly used rhetorical tools intended to invite the listener/reader into the moment.
The Fifth through Seventh Sundays of Easter take us through Jesus' farewell discourse
. We begin to drive toward Ascension and a time when Jesus born of flesh will no longer appear even in his resurrected body.
We are invited to overhear Jesus' prayer for us, ending the farewell discourse
John revisits Jesus' farewell discourse
. The aim of these reflections on the Spirit, or Paraclete, is not explicitly to establish a treatise on the trinitarian economy as much as to explore the relationship between Jesus and the Spirit and its implications for gifting the community of faith's ongoing relationship to God and the truth that is to be revealed in the ongoing mystery of God's relationship to the world.