Pentecost in the time of the New Testament was a great and grand harvest celebration. The streets of Jerusalem were clogged with thousands of pilgrims who had come from every point of the compass to celebrate the goodness of God and the bringing in of the wheat harvest.
Pentecost was the moment in history after Christ had returned to His Father in Heaven, but had said before He went, as we read in the Gospels, that He would send the Comforter, He would send the Holy Spirit. And it was at that moment in Pentecost where the Spirit came and empowered the early believers.
To get the whole picture read all of Acts Chapter 2 — Many people would say, “and that’s the moment that church is born”.
What set me thinking was that this very Sunday we are having a baptismal service where people will witness to their faith in Jesus. Wasn’t that just like the first Pentecost Sunday, where people believed in the message and were baptised. So, what an appropriate and wonderful occasion to hold a baptismal service. Can you imagine WBC growing by 3000 people in one day! I think we would have to get some more seats!
This New Testament event is already significant because it fulfils an Old Testament prophecy in Joel 2: 28-29. “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy ………….. I will pour out my Spirit in those days”.
So today open your hearts and minds to receive that gift of the Holy Spirit — what will happen to you? Look at those Apostles at the time, timid, unsure, but meeting together. Suddenly the Holy Spirit came, and they were totally transformed. Jesus wants to transform your life today — are you ready?!