Day of Pentecost – The Holy Spirit Comes
But, what does it all mean?
Some churches practice this as a part of their worship services today.
The Day of Pentecost
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven.
And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language.
They were amazed and astonished, saying, “Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born? – Acts 2:1-8 NASB
What is Pentecost?
Also known as the Feast of Weeks, Pentecost was an event held 50 days after Passover.
The Jewish people celebrated three big festivals each year. This one commemorated giving thanks to God for harvested crops.
Another historic event, Passover was celebrated because it was the night Israel was “passed over” by death during the killing of the first born in Egypt. It was the pivoting point of their freedom.
Jesus was crucified right after Passover. He ascended forty days later (after the resurrection) and ten days later came the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
This was a giant celebration which meant that Jews came from many different nations to attend an international audience.
The speech Peter gave that day fulfilled the prophecy of John the Baptist when he said that people would be baptized with fire through the Holy Spirit.
If we think in a practical way, and in today’s terms, the gospel of Christ is taught in almost every language throughout the world.
It doesn’t matter about nationality, race or other differences in peoples’ lives – when we accept the Holy Spirit into our hearts, we all become one race – Christian!
Let’s remember this day as the coming together of people from all walks of life into the loving arms of God. – Amen
Love in Christ
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