The Day Of Pentecost And Beyond
“Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:49
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.” Acts 2:1-6
This was a very special day indeed in the history of the Church. The believers, who just 40 days before at Passover, saw the crucifixion and then three days later the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, were gathered together in one place in one accord, expecting to be empowered from on high. Jesus had told them at His Ascension that they should wait in Jerusalem until they were empowered with the Holy Spirit to fulfill His commission to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
The proclamation of the gospel to the world is the fulfillment of the purpose for which Jesus died. His suffering, death, burial and resurrection were not just to save the 12 and those who were with them at the time of His days on earth. These ultimate acts of love and obedience to God’s righteous demand were for our salvation and for the salvation of the whole world, for whosever will hear, believe and receive the message of Jesus, unto the final generations alive when He comes again in power and great glory.
But, before they could begin their ministries they needed something more than just their personal knowledge and experience of seeing Jesus, of walking with Him, hearing His teaching and seeing the signs and wonders He performed.
As amazing as that must have been, Jesus knew what they would face going into all the world.
He knew they would face the sicknesses and diseases of the poor, the opposition to their message by the powerful and rich, the ignorance of those who would refuse to hear them.
Moreover, He knew the threats of death and persecution they would face from an ungodly culture and the temptations they would wrestle with within themselves from the devil and the seducing spirits that would seek to distract them from the passionate pursuit of their calling.
He understood how they would be tempted by the sins and weaknesses of the flesh and He knew that all these would mitigate against them to dissipate their power and authority to speak with moral certainty and confidence to a broken and corrupt world.
He knew the only way for them to resist and overcome all these things was through the power of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
So, they remained together in Jerusalem praying and worshiping together, waiting with anticipation and a sense of expectancy for the fulfillment of what Jesus had promised.
There are many vitally important things to know about Pentecost for the church in general and to every believer in particular. Though as important as Christmas and Easter for the Church, sadly, and to the detriment of the Church, Pentecost is the least known and the least celebrated.
Over the next few days we will look into this event more deeply and the subsequent events around which the ministry of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is declared and what it means for us today.