Yesterday, churches all over the world celebrated Pentecost Sunday. But there are many people who have no idea what that means. It’s not the kind of event where you can save the date on your Google Calendar and select repeat yearly. This holy day, changes from year to year because Pentecost Sunday happens fifty days after Easter Sunday.
When I was a child growing up in the Caribbean, I remember a holiday called Whit Monday; however, I never connected Pentecost Sunday and Whit Sunday. So what does this holy day mean to us as people of faith? Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene because she went searching for Him. “Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” (John 20:17 NLT).
Eventually, they saw Him and the time came when He had to leave. Jesus told them, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After that conversation, Jesus ascended to His Father. But His disciples didn’t run away. Acts 1:14 says, “They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.”
They were also united in purpose. As a result, the Bible tells us, “On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. (Acts 2:1-2)”But that was not all. Verse 4 says, “And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.”
This caused a real commotion in the community. At that time there were many who lived outside of that community but when they heard the men speaking in those unknown languages, they were amazed! They said, “How can this be? These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages!” This is the fulfillment of what Jesus told them about the power that comes with the Holy Spirit. That power enables us to be witnesses in the community where we live; into other communities where new interact and any place in this world that we find ourselves. When we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, we are saying that with the power of the Holy Spirit, we can live as witnesses to the world that Jesus Christ has the power to save and empower us to live lives that honor and glorify Him.
Thought for Today: Friend, the Holy Spirit still empowers people today.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.