What happened at Pentecost?
By shaunefc, May 14 2012 12:35PM
On Sunday 27th the Christian Church celebrates Pentecost (often in the past referred to as Whitsun, or White Sunday). Following our Lord’s ascension on the 40th day after Easter (this year celebrated on Thursday 17th), ten days later on the 50th day, hence the term Pentecost, we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit on the eleven disciples, henceforth to be called apostles, when, as we read in the book of Acts, chapter 2 and verses 1 to 4:
“Now when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them forked tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Acts chapter 2 goes on to tell us about the crowd’s response to this event which mentions in verse 12: “So they were all amazed and perplexed.”
This then gives rise to Peter’s sermon in which he refers back to the prophecy given by Joel (see his prophecy here) before referring to what David recorded about our Lord in Psalms 16 and 110. Peter concludes his message by telling the assembled crowd in verses 38 and 39:
“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
The result of the coming of the Holy Spirit and Peter’s address to the crowd was that around three thousand people were added to the newly-formed Church of Jesus Christ on that day alone!
But that wasn’t the end – far from it! We read in verse 42 that:
“They continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
And then at the close of the chapter in verses 46 and 47, we find that the early Church kept on growing:
“So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favour with all the people.”
And the most wonderful thing was that: “The Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
Surely this should be the aim of our Church fellowship, and, indeed, each and every group of God’s people that, by whatever means God places at our disposal, including our Sunday afternoon services as well as any formal or informal outreach.
My prayer, and I am sure, yours too, is that the Lord may continue to add to every fellowship of God’s people those who are being saved.