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Pentecost People

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Reading: Acts 2: 1-11

Verse Four: “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues as the Spirit enabled them”.

The holy day of Pentecost has gathered Jews from all over the known world into Jerusalem. Jerusalem is also home to the newly formed church that follows Jesus. God uses a very loud sound, something that sounded “like the blowing of a violent wind”, to bring these God-fearing Jews and Jesus-loving Christians together in one place.

As the Jews hear the sound, they are drawn to find the source of this strange phenomenon. At the same time, the Christians are anointed with what appears to be “tongues of fire” that come to rest on each of them. The fire represents the Holy Spirit. It is a physical sign of a spiritual gift. The Holy Spirit is the gift that Jesus promised in Acts One. With the promise of the gift came a responsibility: “you will be my witnesses”. As the crowd of Jews arrives, the believers “began to speak in tongues as the Spirit enabled them”. The believers are witnessing to their faith in the languages of the crowd that is now arriving. People from all over the world hear the good news of Jesus Christ in their native tongues. They were “utterly amazed”.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we too have been blessed with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and have received the same charge to be witnesses. The same power that the original Pentecost believers had is also in us. The Holy Spirit will help us to speak to the non-believers that are all around us as well. If we are willing to allow the Spirit to be at work in our lives, to lead and guide us, we too will have opportunity to witness to those who do not know Jesus Christ. We may not speak in exotic or foreign languages, but the Holy Spirit will enable us, giving us the words of life that a non-believer needs to hear to come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. This action of the Holy Spirit is just as amazing as the work done that first Pentecost long ago.

To this day we remain Pentecost people. We are people filled with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. May we faithfully use the gift that God has given each of us to speak words of love and words of hope to our world in need. Holy Spirit, lead us each and every day. Amen.

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One thought on “Pentecost People

  1. THE HOLY SPIRIT FILLED THE DISCIPLES AS THEY WERE UNITED IN FAITH. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS INVISBLE YET POWERFUL . THE INFILLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT CAUSES PEOPLE TO STOP AND TAKE NOTICE . THE COMING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, FULFILLED OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECIES.
    THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVES SPIRITUAL VISION TO PEOPLE EVERWHERE.
    THE HOLY SPIRIT, COVICTS PEOPLE OF SIN.
    THE HOLY SPIRIT , TESTIFIES OF JESUS THROUGH HIS FOLLOWERS.
    THOSE WHO REPENT RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
    THE HOLY SPIRIT BRINGS UNITY AND STABILITY TO GODS PEOPLE.

    THOSE WHO PLACE THEIR FAITH, IN JESUS RECEIVE, THE GIFT OF SALVATION.
    AMEN

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