Fifty days ago we celebrated Easter. That means it's now Pentecost!
After Pentecost, the disciples and followers of Jesus started the first New Testament church. So some people say Pentecost was the “birthday of the church.” Happy birthday, Church!
What is Pentecost? Acts 2 tells us that Jesus told the disciples to wait for the promise
of the Holy Spirit. You know the story...
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place, and suddenly a sound came from heaven like a rushing violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. There appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were being distributed [among them], and they rested on each one of them [as each person received the Holy Spirit]. And they were all filled [that is, diffused throughout their being] with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues (different languages), as the Spirit was giving them the ability to speak out [clearly and appropriately].
But wait! Do you remember after Jesus rose, He breathed on His disciples and said
"Receive the Holy Spirit?" (John 20:22) So then why would He tell them to wait for the Holy Spirit? Hmmm...
Because there is a difference between being "born of the Spirit" and "filled with the Spirit."
In John 20, the disciples were born of the Spirit (born again). They received their new nature.
They became new creations because Jesus had conquered sin and death!
Then Jesus told them there was more!
In Acts 2 they were filled with the Spirit. They received the MORE Jesus spoke of.
They were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Power to be witnesses,
to grow the church, to do signs and miracles!
Pentecost was indeed a game changer in history and should be celebrated!
Acts 2 tells us this power is for everyone; men, women & children! If you're not planning to already, take some time on Sunday to talk to your kids about Pentecost. There are some great Pentecost activities online if you google it. Below is one I like!