Today is Pentecost

Acts 2:1-2 “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting."
Dear CBC Family,

Today is Pentecost! This holiday is one of the least understood of the feasts of Israel under the Old Covenant. Many of you know that the church was born on Pentecost. “Can a nation be born in a day”? Yes!

In John 14:15-21 we find Jesus giving his disciples a departing message as He reclines at the table with them. He promised that He would not leave them alone but send them a “comforter.” Into that scene Jesus invites us to pull up a chair and sit at the table and listen to His words; words that transcend time.

Jesus is telling them, and us, that though He is leaving them, He will never really leave. And though He will be absent from them, He will always be present. This seems to make no sense until we listen closely.

Because Jesus wants to be near us, He makes a promise. He promises to send to them, and to us, another — a helper, an advocate, a Spirit of truth, a comforter and a companion. A few days later, Jesus left in a physical sense, but he promised to send His Spirit, the Holy Spirit to live in us in a cleansing and empowering way.

Today we celebrate the keeping of Jesus’ promise as recorded in Acts 2. On the Day of Pentecost, Jesus sent His spirit to dwell within us and prepare and equip us for the work ahead. I see an amazing truth in Acts 2 which is Jesus continues to let us know how close He wants to be with each of us.

We read in the Gospels that everything Jesus did while here on the earth happened through the Holy Spirit. To the very end of His earthly ministry, Jesus was concerned about us being alone. And so Jesus promises us that the same Spirit that sustained Him during His ministry will be given to sustain us in ours. The same Spirit that unites the Father and the Son can be set loose in our lives, bringing us in unity with the trinity.

It is possible for God to continue to pour Himself within each of us, but only if we yield to the presence of his Spirit. God’s eternal desire is be so close to us that He is in us. God-in-you and God-in-me. I wonder if many believers will think about this on the day God gave Himself TO us. Jesus died FOR us on Passover and God gave Himself TO us and IN us at Pentecost.

Do we have the same desire that God has? Do we want to be as close to God as He wants to be to us?

Have a great Memorial Day weekend my friends.





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