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Pentecost

Today is the feast, or celebration, of Pentecost within the Christian church – the fiftieth day since the day of the death of Jesus of Nazareth and his resurrection.

A remnant of the followers of Jesus were gathered together, dejected, despondent  and forlorn. Depression was palpable among them. Their longed for Saviour and Redeemer had been taken from their midst.

Can you imagine the despair, the anguish?

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Then, suddenly, a sound came from heaven, like a strong wind, filling the house where the people had gathered. Something like tongues of fire rested on their heads. “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak”.

The languages spoken by the early Christians were intelligible and were heard by thousands of Jewish pilgrims who had come to Jerusalem to celebrate Shavuot. The content of the miraculous messages had to do with God’s mighty works. Many who heard these messages in their own languages were amazed, though others thought the Christians were just drunk.

At some point, Peter, one of the leading followers of Jesus, stood up and preached his first sermon. He interpreted the events of that morning in light of a prophecy of the Hebrew prophet Joel. In that text, God promised to pour out his Spirit on all flesh, empowering diverse people to exercise divine power. This would be a sign of the coming “day of the Lord” (Acts 2:16-21; Joel 2:28-32).

Peter went on to explain that Jesus had been raised and had poured out the Spirit in fulfillment of God’s promise through Joel (2:32-33). When the crowd asked what they should do, Peter urged them to turn their lives around and be baptized in the name of Jesus. Then they would be forgiven and would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (2:37-39). Acts reports that about 3,000 people were added to the church that day (2:41). Not a bad response to Peter’s first sermon!

This day of Pentecost is attributed as being the birthday of the Christian church.

We can take a more personal message from this event. No matter how depressed  or forsaken we may feel, revival awaits!