During worship a couple of years ago, our pastor asked “How many Pentecost cards did you receive?” No one had gotten any. Why?
Well, for one thing, Pentecost is difficult to commercialize. What would a Pentecost greeting card say?
Of much greater importance, many Christians simply don’t really know the meaning or importance of Pentecost.
|The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
5Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? 9Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs-we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” (Acts 2:1-12)
Just before His crucifixion, Jesus promised that He would send a counselor to His disciples. This was the Holy Spirit.
|Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit15″If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you. 18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”(John 14:15-21)|
On Pentecost, the Spirit got a job transfer, a new assignment. His arrival was miraculous and truly awesome!
The disciples (approximately 120, including the eleven) were hidden away in the Upper Room (the room of the Last Supper.) They were hiding because they feared the same penalty for their faith that had been given to Jesus on the cross. Upon receiving the Holy Spirit they no longer were in fear. Just the opposite. Peter and the others left the Upper Room and went into the streets to proclaim the Good News. They were fulfilling the Great Commission. Both in the streets and on the Temple Steps, Peter essentially said “I don’t care what you do to me, I speak the Truth, the Good News of Christ Jesus.” The eleven went on to proclaim the Good News throughout the world as they knew it. All except John were martyred. John was sent to a living death on the penal island of Patmos.
So, for Christians, what does Pentecost mean? It is the day of the foundation of Christ Jesus’ body on earth, the universal church. It is the anniversary of the coming of the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts. Pentecost is a Holy Day for Christians.
So, Happy Birthday, Church!
If the Spirit lives in you, consider this a “Pentecost Greeting Card.” May you be filled with the Spirit of God.
Thank you Pastor M for this wonderful message.
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