Technicality, the Day of Pentecost is May 24 on this year’s calendar, but the events of the Christian Church’s first Pentecost Sunday should be celebrated every day until Jesus Christ returns.
Pentecost’s impact changed dramatically with the fulfillment of an instruction that the Savior Jesus Christ had given His apostles before His ascension into Heaven.
- While Jesus was together with them (His disciples), He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father’s promise.“This,” He said, “is what you heard from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” (Acts 1:4-5, Holman Christian Standard Bible)
Prior to the events recorded in Acts 1 and 2, Pentecost was an annual Jewish feast that occurred 50 days after Passover. It was and is a celebration of God’s delivery of the Ten Commandments to Moses and the Jews on Mount Sinai. Ancient calendars of Israel also refer to it as the “Feast of Weeks” and was acknowledged as a harvest festival.
Jesus made sure Pentecost took on greater significance as Acts 2 testifies that on the 50th day, a Sunday, the Holy Spirit swept through the place where the Apostles were staying and “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech” (Acts 2:4, HCSB).
Though I realize there can be no Day of Pentecost without the resurrection of Jesus, I wonder why Christians don’t use Pentecost Sunday as the kickoff for an outpouring of good news and good deeds.
One of the reasons I participate in the Everyone A Chance to Hear (EACH) initiative is because there are approximately 500 churches in metropolitan Detroit that are striving to provide the good news of Jesus Christ and Christian service to those who need it. They have not only set up mighty venues for prayer and worship, but they have also sponsored medical clinics, dental clinics, food distribution centers and job resource fairs.
I was raised in a loving Christian environment where respecting God and helping others was part of my life. After surrendering my life to Christ and being baptized, my first instinct was to ask: “What can I do? How can I serve?”
Believing and serving are part of my theological DNA, which probably explains why one of my favorite chapters in The Bible is Romans 8. The verses in this chapter remind me that my spiritual power comes from God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Can you hear the first six verses of Romans 8 touching your soul?
- Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. What the law could not do since it was limited by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son in flesh like ours under sin’s domain, and as a sin offering, in order that the law’s requirement would be accomplished in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh think about the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, (think) about the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:1-6, HCSB)
How often do you thank God for giving you a divine mindset?
How frequently have you experienced a “God thing” where the Lord blesses you through an unexplainable experience?
People may ridicule for your faith, but they made fun of Jesus. People may tell you that you believe in the impossible, but that’s a good time to remember the words of the Apostle Peter during his sermon on the Day of Pentecost.
- Men of Israel, listen to these words: This Jesus the Nazarene was a man pointed out to you by God with miracles, wonders, and signs that God did among you through Him, just as you yourselves know. Though He was delivered up according to God’s determined plan and foreknowledge, you used lawless people to nail Him to a cross and kill Him. God raised Him up, ending the pains of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it. For David says of Him: I saw the Lord ever before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced. Moreover, my flesh will rest in hope, because You will not leave me in Hades or allow Your Holy One to see decay. You have revealed the paths of life to me; You will fill me with gladness in Your presence. (Acts 2:22-28, HCSB)
Let us, like David, celebrate and rejoice because we have a God who loves us, a Son who saves us and a Holy Spirit that guides us. May we bless others as Christ has blessed us!
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