Title: Coming of the Holy Spirit
Scripture: Acts 2:1-4 (ESV)
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. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Explanation: Jesus had promised His disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit to be with them. He promised that the Holy Spirit would be His presence with them when He ascended to the Father. He also told them to wait until the Spirit had come, because it would be the Spirit who empowered and equipped them for the work that Jesus had for them.
The Spirit came on the day of Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks. Pentecost came seven weeks after the Passover, and it was both an anticipation and a commemoration of the giving of the Torah, God’s law, His covenant contract with Israel. It is no coincidence that the One who would write God’s law on our hearts and minds would arrive on this day. Jesus had come to fulfill the law; the Spirit was to be the One who empowered it to be lived out as God had always intended, as the sign of His presence in the life of believers. But the Spirit didn’t come just to get us to adhere to a bunch of rules, which is what we think about when it comes to the law. The Spirit’s presence is the seal of our relationship with God and the promise that He would always be with us.
When God’s presence showed up, it did something. It enabled the disciples to speak different languages and tell the multilingual crowd about Jesus. God’s presence also does something to us when trust Him. God uses the Spirit in our lives to lead us, comfort us, encourage us, and convict us, all so that we can be effective ministers of the Gospel to others.
1. What is one thing that stands out to you in this passage?
2. How have you seen the Spirit help you in your life?
3. Is God challenging you today to do something that scares you? Maybe it’s praying for someone, or talking with them about a difficult topic. Pray and ask the Spirit to lead you, guide you, and help you to be obedient in that moment.