The witness of the Spirit testifies that the mission of the Father and the Son has been completed. The cross was not some travesty. It was not a failure. It was necessary for the Word to become flesh and for the Son to be "lifted up" on the cross so as to confirm the depth of the Father's love for the world and the completion or consummation of that mission. Now the Spirit empowers us to bear witness to the world, that Son of God's love has been made real and present for all the world.