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Pentecost: the birthday of the church and a lesson in a miracle of hearing

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Pentecost is the birthday of the Christian Church as well as a lesson in miraculous hearing. In the first century, in Jerusalem, the disciples of Jesus Christ were told by him to go to the upper-room to wait for the gift of his Holy Spirit before they went out to make disciples of all men. Jesus as a human man could only be in one place at any one given time. This is why he had told his followers that he needed to go to the Father so that the Comforter, his Holy Spirit, could come to indwell them with his presence and with power to witness to all men.

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Just imagine the city of Jerusalem teeming with many thousands upon thousands of people from all over the then known world. There were more at this time than usual because it was the Jewish Feast of Pentecost. Many were devout Jews given to the worship of God. Still others were new converts who had forsaken idolatry to worship the God of Jerusalem. They had not yet embraced ceremonial law; observance of a feast day. With all of the ruckus that had previously gone on in Jerusalem over Jesus’ death and resurrection, many were expecting that the Messiah was returning to bring forth his kingdom. So, many seekers of Jesus’ return were flocking into Jerusalem to see it happen.

Acts 2: 1-4

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

The violent sound of this wind brought forth many onlookers to where the disciples were staying. They heard the wind and saw the fires upon the disciples and were astonished. Then they “heard” these uncouth fishermen (many of them were) speak in their own native language. Certainly the mighty wind and the flames of fire were astonishing miracles all by themselves. But venture a closer look at the languages spoken here. It was a miracle that the Galileans could speak all the languages represented there. But take an even closer look to see what the Word actually says.

Acts 2:8

Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?

The language received on Pentecost was a prayer language. Each person’s language is unique to him as an individual as well as not being spoken the same way twice. Therefore, each disciple was speaking an individual language and yet each person listening could hear each of the disciples speaking his own language. There were too many languages present that day to even name them all. What an amazing miracle of hearing. It speaks a great deal about the comfort this brings to those who witness the gospel of Jesus Christ to others. A disciple of Christ doesn’t need to ever worry about how perfect he delivers any message to another Christian or unbeliever. Many times when a fuss is made in the heart…”Did I say the right thing?” “Did I say those words with a right and loving tone”? It really isn’t theirs to be overly concerned about any ability for a heart to listen to the Lord. The miracle is in the hearing. So Pentecost was indeed a miracle of a mighty wind, tongues of fire upon their heads, and a heavenly language that performed a miracle in many listening hearts.

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