The Holy Spirit comes…then and now…

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Scripture: Acts 2: 1 When the day of Pentecost had come, (the disciples) were all together in one place. 2 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. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability…  14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed (the many bystanders), “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: 17 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. 18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit.”

Observation: In ancient times the Jewish people would descend on Jerusalem, the holy city of God, to celebrate the holy days and festivals each year. One didn’t need to wonder where God might be as God was in the temple in Jerusalem. The day of Pentecost, in which god sent the Holy Spirit into the world, changed all that. As one of my bible resources says, “At its core, Pentecost, like the incarnation itself, is about God coming to us in our fallen condition more than it is about us finally getting to God.”

Application: I’ve mentioned many times in this blog that it was God who sought me out when I was a young man, not the other way around. In our sinful nature we tend to run from God. Yet, by grace alone, our God finds us anyway and draws us in.

This is important because most Christians have friends and loved ones who are far from the Lord. It’s natural to worry about such people, especially when we see them struggling. We want to DO something to help them encounter the Lord in a transformative way. Certainly we can and should pray for them, love them, support them, encourage them – and challenge them when called for. These are all good things.

Our passage for today reminds us that, in the end, it is the Lord who takes hold of people via the Holy Spirit – even those who appear to have ZERO interest in matters of faith. Let this word comfort you today and encourage our prayers for those not yet within the Christian fold.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, by your Holy Spirit you seek people out. Always have. We lift to you this morning our friends and family members who are far from you. We pray as well for ourselves since we too tend to wander away from you. Give us all grace to be embraced by you and transformed by you from the inside out. We ask this in your precious name. Amen.

 

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