A Pivotal Event
May 30, 2023
“But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” John 16:7
Waiting is not easy. Whether we wait for medical results, a planned vacation, for clarity regarding a decision, or even for a table at a busy restaurant, our instinct is to speed things up. I can imagine the disciples had the same instinct when Jesus told them to wait at his ascension described in Acts 1:4-10. They likely couldn’t grasp why Jesus had to leave in order for the promised gift of the Holy Spirit, and yet they obeyed.
They waited patiently, without knowing how long it would take, and 10 days later their answer came, on the day of Pentecost. Acts 2 describes the scene in detail. Picture the disciples and other followers gathered together in a home when the sound of a violent wind fills the space, reverberating through their ears. The sound is followed by tongues of fire resting upon each person. Then, as they are filled with the Holy Spirit, some are enabled to declare praise to God in different languages. Peter is empowered to preach and soon not a few, but three thousand people, repent and believe.
This unforgettable and amazing event should fill us with awe and encourage us. That day of Pentecost marked an important shift. The Holy Spirit that was seen at work in the life of Jesus was poured out on all believers. The Holy Spirit was and is an incredible gift. Acts 2 tells us that upon receiving the Holy Spirit the people of God were empowered and united together as the church; devoting themselves to the apostle’s teaching, fellowship, worship, and prayer (Acts 2:42-47).
Pentecost isn’t just a peculiar story about tongues of fire. Rather, it is a pivotal event, marking the gift of the Holy Spirit for generations to come. The same Holy Spirit poured out at Pentecost is alive in us today. Just as the Holy Spirit empowered the disciples, he continues to empower the church today. The early church responded with action and unity, and we too are called to fully embrace the gift of the Holy Spirit and let it work in us, through our words and deeds. As believers, we are continually filled with the Holy Spirit, and empowered to share the truth.
Pause for a moment and reflect. Imagine what it would have been like to experience Pentecost and what emotions you might have felt? How do you feel knowing that the same Holy Spirit continues to empower believers today? In what ways can you soften your heart to the work of the Holy Spirit in your life?
Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit given to believers on Pentecost and continually poured out today. Help us to embrace the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives this week. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Blessings in your week,
Spiritual Care Coordinator
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