Scriptures for the week of May 31st: Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Romans 8:22-27, John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15
The story of the first day of church is a well known story, but we don’t always know that meaning behind the story. This was the first time that believers got the chance to declare their faith in the salvation of Jesus Christ. Their were many languages that were spoken because devout Jews came from 16 different areas of the region. For many, this was the first time that they were allowed to return from exile and to worship in Jerusalem. No matter where they came from, as they worshipped, they spoke a common spiritual language. It continues to be a miracle that each person is able to hear the voice of God in the context of their lives and their situation.
The simple message of this scripture is that that power of God is contained in the scriptures. As we look at the suffering of life, we can also wait for the Glory of God to appear. It always does. Not only the faithful, but all of creation awaits that wonderful day. The presence of the Holy Spirit is our down payment on the full glory of God. It also brings clarity to our prayers.
Questions How would you explain the message of Pentecost in one sentence? What practical, accessible illustrations come to mind when you attempt to explain how the Spirit of God continues to move among us? Have you ever experienced the groaning of life, as a sign of rebirth?