Sunday, May 15, 2016
“So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything that I have taught you, and I will be with you always, even until the end of this age.” Matthew 28: 19-20 New Century Version
Everyone knows about Christmas and Easter and their significance to Christians. Everyone knows what to do on Christmas and Easter and how to celebrate these holidays. We open presents on Christmas and eat hard-boiled eggs on Easter. And Believers remember how Christ was born in a stable to humble parents and how He died a horrible death on a cross and was raised again.
There’s a third holiday in the church year, which is just as important but much less well-known. This weekend is Pentecost.
All I remember about Pentecost from when I was a kid going to Sunday School is that it was the time when the Holy Spirit filled the early Christians, flames appeared on their heads and they began speaking other languages, languages they had never learned, but now that they could speak them, they could share the Good News of Jesus Christ with foreigners. Just like that the Christian church was born and the Gospel could be spread throughout the world.
Maybe we don’t celebrate Pentecost because we don’t know what to do. No one started any traditions like giving away foreign language dictionaries or setting things on fire. What are we supposed to do to remember the events of the first Pentecost?
Well, you really don’t have to think about it that hard. I think the problem, though, is that it’s not as easy as buying presents or filling a basket with chocolates and eggs. What we are supposed to do with Pentecost is to get out there and tell others about Jesus Christ.
I know that’s out of my comfort zone. That’s where the Holy Spirit comes in.
Heavenly Father, send Your Holy Spirit into our hearts and into our lives, even into our voices so that we can tell others of the saving grace they can receive through Your Son Jesus. Amen.
(If you want to read more about Pentecost, here’s a link with some good information: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markdroberts/series/what-is-pentecost-why-does-it-matter/ )