DOES PENTECOST MATTER?
And when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all assembled together in one place, when suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were separated and distributed and which settled on each one of them.
Acts 2:1-3 Amp.
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. For most people, just another ordinary day.
Just another weekend, time for a short trip to the beach, a family cook-out, baseball games, soccer practice, maybe shopping, nothing special on this particular Sunday. Actually, Pentecost Sunday is the most overlooked day on the Christian calendar. We know about the day Jesus was born, the day He was killed, and the day He was raised from the dead, all awesome Christian celebrations. But what about the day the COMFORTER came. On the day of Pentecost, the Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled. The long season of man being banished from the Presence of God was over. Ever since Adam and Eve were banished from the garden, man had lost the intimacy that he had with his Heavenly Father. For all of these years we needed a prophet or a priest to mediate for us. Those days had finally ended, the PARACLETE has come, we all have access into the very presence, we can all receive the anointing of the Spirit upon our lives.
When the Spirit began to be poured out on the band of disciples huddled in the upper room, a crowd quickly gathered in the streets. The noise of joyful celebration filled the streets of Jerusalem, the joy resulting from the coming of the Holy Spirit was unrestrained, the sounds began to effect the gathering crowds. As Peter stood up to preach, he began to quote the prophets, “This is that”, he began to cry out. “This is what we have waited for all of our lives. God has come down, He is here among us”.
Up until that point, only special people, prophets, priests, and kings, ever received an anointing. Now, everything had changed. Peter said this outpouring was for “all flesh”, young and old, rich or poor, all people of all races could experience this Pentecostal blessing. Today, we can all receive the powerful empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
So what will you be doing this Pentecost Sunday? Maybe a trip to the mall, or a fishing expedition, or ball games or maybe, just maybe you will find yourself in the house of God. Actually this Sunday is our birthday, this is the day His church was born. Let’s start a new tradition this year, let’s honor the day the wonderful Holy Spirit came down to live amongst man.