Reading: Acts 2: 1-21
Verses 17 and 21: I will pour out my Spirit… And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Come, stand in the disciples’ shoes for a few minutes. You have gone from grief and despair to joy and courage in quick order. Jesus has breathed the Holy Spirit into you and you are told once again to go out into the world to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. You are being asked to trust your life to this Holy Spirit that you just met for the first time. And then Pentecost comes and you experience the power of the Holy Spirit as God pours it out on all the believers gathered there that day. It would have been like seeing Jesus perform His first miracle. Back then you thought something like, ‘Now we’ve got something here’! The scene of all the believers being filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in a wide variety of languages reveals to you the power of this Holy Spirit.
And just as the crowd begins to question what is happening here, Peter stands up to address the crowd. You’re one of the eleven so you stand up too. But as Peter speaks you find that he isn’t just talking to the crowd that day – he’s talking right to you. Through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in him, Peter quotes from the prophet Joel. You recognize the words, “I will pour out my Spirit…”. You know that Joel was speaking of you. You experienced Jesus pouring out the Spirit upon you as He breathed it into you. You will prophesy and dream dreams and have visions. You will see and feel God at work as the Holy Spirit leads and guides you. But most of all you find a peace that passes understanding in the last line from Joel: “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”. That’s you. No matter what comes in this earthly life, the power of the Holy Spirit resides in you and your salvation is secure. You are ready to go out and bring the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Now, come back to June 3, 2017. The great commission remains in effect. God still reigns. The Holy Spirit dwells within you. Go out and bring the gospel to the world!