In case you didn’t know, today is Pentecost Sunday.
As Jesus rose into the sky, He told us not to worry, because He said He would send us a comforter. So fifty days later, that comforter came.
In the book of Acts, chapeter 2, there were 120 people who met in the upstairs of a building and waited. They waited and prayed and everybody had their mind on one thing. They were all anxiously looking forward to the gift, that comforter that Jesus was sending. He’d told them when and where. Now they were ready and waiting.
“What could it be? How will it come?”, I’m sure these questions rolled through their minds.
And then, all at once a loud rushing wind blew through that upstairs room and fire appeared on the heads of every person there. Each person spoke in and unknown tongue. They were all speaking in different languages that they did not know. What was happening?
The Spirit of God, the Holy Ghost, had come into that place and the people welcomed it into them. It was the comforter. This is what they’d been waiting for. Finally. Fifty days without their savior and they’d finally received what He’d promised He would send them.
It was the best feeling they’d ever had and I know it was the best things that ever happened to them.
When they walked out into the street, they were all still speaking in other languages that they didn’t know. It was God’s spirit speaking in them. When the people in town saw them, they thought they were drunk, because there were people of many different cultures and many different languages that understood what they were saying. But the preacher, Peter, told the people that these men and women are not drunk as you think they are. It’s still early in the day. This is what was prophesied of old. God has poured out His spirit upon these people.
Peter preached a small sermon to these people. He just spoke truth, and it pricked the hearts of the men who had sinned. They asked Peter what they should do about this sin they’d done. They’d killed their savior. How could the make this wrong go away?
So Peter told them the only thing they could do to find their savior and get forgiveness.
“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.”
Tell God you really are sorry for those sins. Ask for forgiveness, and don’t do them anymore.
2: Be Baptized
Be buried in water, being baptized in the name of Jesus, so your sins will be washed off of you.
3: Receive the Holy Spirit
You’ve been promised the gift which is the comforter of the Holy Ghost. Just accept it and receive it.
There it is. Now let’s go serve God with our entire lives. Let’s submit ourselves to Him and see the greatness that will be revealed in us.