The Book of Luke ends with the disciples in Jerusalem. “You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Jesus said in Luke 24:28-49. Hundreds of believers went to Jerusalem to wait, but only 120 remained when the Day of Pentecost arrived forty days later.
2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”Acts 2:1-13 NIV
As the Jewish holiday of Shavuot (“Feast of Weeks”) ends, the Christian Pentecost Sunday is today. This is that day, when the promised Holy Spirit filled those who remained to receive it, and they received power, boldness, and absolute truth.
We need that Spirit today. We need power, boldness, and absolute truth in the witness of the Gospel. God is not a God of confusion, but order, peace, gentleness of spirit.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.Galatians 5:19-26
To say that the last 40 days have been hell on earth is not too much of an exaggeration. Our nation is caving in to godlessness. The power of Christ is far greater than those who oppose it, and above those who stand in the name of sin and chaos.
Christian, stand firm today and receive what those who remained 2,000 years ago received. Then speak boldly, act kindly, and love fiercely.