For forty days after Jesus had risen from the dead He met with His disciples many times to teach them many things about the Kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3) Then, Jesus had them go to a mountain in the region of Galilee where He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem until they received the promise of God the Father, which was being baptized with the Holy Spirit so they could have the power to spread His teachings and make disciples of all nations. (Matthew 28:16-19, Acts 1:4-8)
After giving His disciples The Great Commission Jesus ascended into Heaven. (Luke 24:50, Acts 1:9-11) His disciples then “returned to Jerusalem with great joy and were continually in the Temple praising God.” (Luke 24:52-53 NASB)
Ten days later it was time for the Jewish people to celebrate The Feast of Shavuot/Pentecost as they were commanded by God in Leviticus 23:15-21. According to Deuteronomy 16:16 this is a mandatory pilgrimage feast, which meant that all Jewish men were required to come to the Temple in Jerusalem to celebrate it. Since the disciples of Jesus were good observant Jewish men, they went to the Temple to participate in the worship service and were sitting together as is described in Acts 2:1.
There are two main aspects to this feast. The first aspect involves remembering the time that God gave His laws and principles for living to the Jewish people as they were camped around Mt. Sinai after God delivered them from Egyptian bondage.
The second aspect of the feast involves how God’s people are commanded in Exodus 34:26 to bring the first fruits of their harvest into the house of God and present them to the priest as a sign that they are giving it to God and thanking God for His provision in their harvest.
During the part of the feast that is a worship service in the Temple there are some Scripture passages read out of Exodus chapter 23, Leviticus chapter 23, and Ezekiel chapters 1 and 3. This time after the reading of Ezekiel 3:12: “The Spirit lifted me up, and I heard a great rushing sound behind me ‘Blessed be the glory of the LORD in His place” “And suddenly there came from Heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.” (Acts 2:2)
The glory of God descended and the Holy Spirit filled the house of God with His presence. The disciples of Jesus were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and began speaking God’s messages in foreign languages that they had not learned.
As the crowd of worshippers was amazed by hearing God’s messages in the language of their homeland, then the formerly fearful disciple Peter stood up and delivered an inspired sermon about how Jesus Christ had fulfilled many Messianic prophecies and how some people in the crowd helped crucify God’s Messiah. (Acts 2:14-40)
Peter’s sermon so convicted the people in the Temple of their need to ask God to forgive them for doing such bad things and breaking His laws that 3,000 people accepted Jesus Christ to become their personal Savior as is described in Acts 2:41. That event on Pentecost is considered by Christian leaders to be the birthday of the Christian Church.
As Peter and the other disciples went forth filled with God’s power, they preached many more inspired sermons and performed many miracles that resulted in having many thousands of people accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Savior in many countries of the world.
Ever since then the Christian Church has grown as the disciples of Jesus use the power of the Holy Spirit to preach God’s messages of salvation through the sacrificial atonement of Jesus Christ on the cross.
When people ask God to forgive them for breaking His laws and then ask Jesus Christ to become their personal Savior and spiritually apply His sacrificial atonement on the cross to their lives; then God forgives them for breaking His laws, removes the spiritual death sentence that they deserved for breaking His laws, transfers them out of the Devil’s spiritual kingdom of darkness and into God’s spiritual kingdom of light, makes them God’s newly restored creation, and sends the Holy Spirit to live inside of them to give them the insight and ability to live according to God’s principles found in the Bible.
Just like the early Christians had their lives transformed by being filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, modern day Christians also need to be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit so they can be able to live according to God’s principles as they go through their daily activities in our modern world that is filled many kinds of spiritual, moral, and intellectual darkness along with many forms of demonic deceptions.
The more that Christians live by God’s principles, the more they will become a great beacon of light that people living in darkness can start to follow down the path towards accepting Jesus as their Savior and thus becoming a member of God’s spiritual kingdom of light.
Therefore, as Christians celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus on The Feast of Pentecost; let each Christian renew the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives so they can live by God’s principles and spread God’s messages throughout their area and possibly throughout the world!