Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Readings for May 31, 2020; The Day of Pentecost
Numbers 11:24-30; Psalm 25:1-15; Acts 2:1-21; John 7:37-39
Jesus said, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. (John 7: 37-39a)
This coming Sunday is Pentecost; the day that Jesus, according to his promise, sent the Holy Spirit to the disciples. Wow what a day to be a fly on their wall. The disciples must have been in awe at the power and ability that came over them, not to mention the passion and desire to proclaim Jesus as Lord and Saviour to all! And they were able to proclaim to all people, in all languages, so that all would understand. How awesome is that!?!
The coolest thing though is that the Holy Spirit wasn’t just given to the disciples on that day, like a bucket being dumped over them as if they were doing the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. Oh no, this pouring out of the Holy Spirit descended over them and then wafted over all who could hear, like the aroma of the sweetest smelling fragrance. It’s as if the words that the disciples spoke carried the fragrance, the Spirit. No actually, it is exactly that the Holy Spirit carried the words of Christ into the ears of all who could hear, and then into the hearts of all who received Him. Is it any wonder that about three thousand people came to believe in Jesus Christ as their Saviour that day? Wow!
No wonder Jesus warned the disciples while he was walking with them that he had to return to God the Father in order for greater things to be done among humankind. On Earth, Jesus had to still live as a man, and generally speaking, was bound by human limitations. People had to come to see this one man-God and through his touch and words, they came to faith and were healed physically and spiritually. But now. Now in all his glory, our God comes to us in His Spirit, his Holy Spirit, and he, the living Word, wafts into our ears and then our hearts, and desires to take up residence by instilling faith and the assurance of the forgiveness of our sins through our Saviour.
Yes, this Holy Spirit that descended upon the disciples on that day we call Pentecost is the same Holy Spirit that entered your heart through the words you heard about Jesus when you first believed. Whether it was God’s words said and received as a little child or when you were older, the Holy Spirit wafted into your heart and cleansed your soul. And “How can you be sure, you ask?” Well, we are assured that, ‘No one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.’ (1 Corinthians 12:9) Therefore, by simply having the ability to say “Jesus is my Lord!” assures you of the Holy Spirit in you, and with that comes all his power upon you to transform lives: You with God’s Word and the Holy Spirit are a power to reckon with. So release that power that resides in you through the proclamation of God’s Word. Then watch the Holy Spirit float through the ears of all those who hear you and he will envelop their hearts in order to bring the faith that assures them of God’s salvation and love. Yes, Jesus himself proclaimed that “ You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) So go on, live your own pentecost. You got the power!
Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank you for your Holy Spirit who has instilled in my heart this most precious gift of faith and the assurance of Jesus as my Saviour. Please help me to willingly and actively live in your power by your most precious Holy Spirit in me. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!