Here we are, just a few days have lapsed since Pentecost. Some do not realize the significance of this momentous day in Christendom.
The fourth feast of Israel, the final spring feast, is called Pentecost because it falls on the 50th day after the Passover sabbath.
It is called Shavuot in Hebrew, which means weeks, because this is a week of weeks, or seven weeks, plus one day (50), from Passover.
The Feast of Weeks was held in remembrance of the giving of the law, 50 days after the departure from Egypt; and looked forward to the outpouring of the Holy Ghost, 50 days after Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us. On that day the apostles presented the first fruits of the Christian church to God.
Those who received his word were baptized: and there were added unto them in that day about 3,000 souls. Acts 2:41.
The day of Pentecost in the New Testament records this most significant event which marked a new beginning for mankind. Now equipped to do what they were taught to do by Jesus Christ, the Apostles set out to shake up the world as they knew it, and shake it up they did.
But ye shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8.
I’m comforted in the fact that God loved us enough to ensure our continued survival in an ever growing cruel and unforgiving world.
But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you. John 14:26.
The power of God is there for the asking, a gift to the believer. As it is written, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened!
Three thousand people were saved shortly after Pentecost, after the powerful sermon the Apostle Peter preached. Some didn’t understand or believe what was happening, but that nevertheless didn’t hinder the Apostles. Jesus experienced the rejection of his own people and yet continued to, heal the sick, comfort the poor, and much more.
But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who it was that should betray him. John 6:64.
The power of God can guide you through any situation — good or bad, light or heavy.
Trust in the word of God, make a choice today and find out for yourself “The Power of Pentecost.”
Elder Mark E. Kirkland is pastor of Temple of Faith Apostolic Ministries in Killeen.