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The Day of Pentecost in the church is one of the most fascinating stories in the Bible. It is the day when Jesus has the Holy Spirit rest on His disciples with tongues of fire. He also enables them to speak in many different languages in order to spread His word and His love around the world. Some skeptical people thought that the disciples were drunk, but Peter reassured the crowd that it was only nine in the morning and that the disciples were not drunk and that rather they had been filled with the Holy Spirit. Here is the Bible story in its entirety.
Acts 2 says, “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.” 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
How cool is it that God allowed the disciples to speak so many different languages and that tongues of fire from the Holy Spirit rested on their heads? What many of us wouldn’t give to be able to witness that. We can only imagine what it must have looked like for the thousands of people watching and hearing the spectacle, nonetheless what it must have felt like for the disciples to be enabled by the Holy Spirit like that. It almost makes me wish I lived in those times, but at the same time, it makes me very glad I live in the 21st century.
Think about what that verse in Joel 17 says. “In the last days, I will pour out my spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions and your old men will dream dreams… and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” This verse puts into perspective how the last days will be for all believers. He may not enable us to speak in many tongues but He will allow us to be raised up to Him and to be saved by Him. Some may ask how can clouds of fire appear on someone’s head? Some may be as skeptical as to agree with the people witnessing the phenomenon in the Bible and state that they too think the disciples are drunk. Even though we didn’t witness the phenomenon ourselves, we as believers know that God rests in and on each one of us with His power. He can, has and will continue to work within our hearts souls and minds, nonetheless through our mouths, if we only allow Him the chance to come into every part of our lives and restore us from the inside out.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for making me one of your children. Thank you for giving me the gift of your salvation. Enable me to do your good work and to bring others closer to you. Transform my life and the lives of others around me. Amen.