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PENTECOST - Come and celebrate with us

The Day of Pentecost marks fifty days since Easter Day and brings the Easter season to an end. It is a major feast of the Church’s year when Christians recall how God’s Holy Spirit was given to the disciples after Jesus’ ascension, empowering them to begin the work of making disciples of all nations.

Jesus had promised his followers that, although they would not see him after his Ascension, they would receive the Holy Spirit to guide and inspire them.

The Acts of the Apostles describes how the crowds gathered in Jerusalem – representing many nationalities and speaking many languages – were able to hear the disciples preaching in their own language.

'When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.' Acts 2.1-4

Pentecost was a Jewish celebration. And so, in our modern-day of the New Testament church, we don't celebrate Pentecost in the way that the Old Testament Hebrews did. But Pentecost was the moment in history after Christ had ascended. He had promised, during the gospel narratives, during his earthly ministry, that he would leave, but that he would send the Comforter. He would send the Holy Spirit.

And it was at that moment in Pentecost where the spirit came and he empowered the early believer, specifically the apostles that were left, and Peter, who is the one who constantly puts his foot in his mouth, constantly is having to be corrected by Jesus, but is in the inner circle. And because of grace and mercy, he is chosen to be the one who stands up in front of this strong, probably thousands, maybe tens of thousands of people, to proclaim the gospel there in the midst of a Hebrew celebration that was intended to remind the Hebrews of how God had always protected them.

And here, Peter stands up and says, "And let me tell you about the Messiah, who is the eternal protection for all of humanity. Let me tell you who he is." And so, Pentecost becomes this marker in history, and what we think of as the moment the church is born.