Reading: Psalm 104: 24-34 & 35b
In the Psalm today we see the timelessness of the Holy Spirit. The psalmist writes of the Holy Spirit coming and breathing life into all of the creatures of the earth. We see a similar giving of life in Ezekiel 37 where the dry bones are covered in tissues and flesh but require the Breath or Spirit to come into them to give life.
At Pentecost, the life given is a spiritual life, not a physical life. When the Holy Spirit descended on those first believers, they were physically alive. But when the Spirit entered them they were born anew, not of flesh and bone, but of the Spirit of God. They were each made into a new creation as they were filled with a power and presence unlike anything before. The living and active presence of God was now here to dwell in the hearts of all who call on Jesus as Lord and Savior. The physical sign of the flames that descended on each there that first Pentecost demonstrated that the Holy Spirit is not limited to one place or time and is not limited in its presence.
Just as the Spirit breathes physical life into all things, the Spirit can breathe spiritual life into all of humanity. Just as the power and presence empowered the first disciples to take the message of Jesus to Jerusalem, Samaria, and across the known world, so too does the same Holy Spirit enable us to take the same good news out into the whole world. Just as the first disciples allowed the Holy Spirit to set them on fire for sharing the good news, may we also be lit ablaze with the light and love of Jesus Christ as well!