Dear Brothers and
in the name of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.
Christians all over the world celebrate Pentecost day. It was an
important event in the church history, because we considered that,
Pentecost day is the birthday of church. Some churches have a practice
that they receive new members on the Pentecost day. They commemorating
the first new members joined after Peter's speech on Pentecost.
Centuries ago, the people who are joining the church wore white cloth
for baptism. So the Sunday was called "White Sunday."
resurrected from the dead after three days of His crucifixion. He
appeared to His disciples and many of His believers for forty days. He
ascended into heaven forty days after His resurrection. Before His
ascension, the resurrected Jesus made fellowships and conversation with
His disciples, and He encouraged them to take His earthly ministry and
continuing it. After 10 days, God's promised Holy Spirit comes upon His
disciples and followers who are anticipating for its coming. 'The
arrival of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost marked the end of the Lord's
personal ministry on the earth.'
The English word Pentecost is a
translation of the Greek word "Pentekostos", which means fifty. It
comes from the ancient Christian expression Pentekoste Hemera, which
means fiftieth day. This word is taken from the Greek speaking
Jews who used to refer the festival of week or "Shavuot". The
Pentecost event is recorded in the book of Acts of the Apostles chapter
2. People from various places and different languages were gathered
together for expecting God's promised Holy Spirit. Before His
crucifixion Jesus promised to His disciples that His father sent another
Counselor (John 14:16) to them. In Joel 2:28 God promised His spirit to
all flesh. It was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost.
are called to live in the presence and the power of the Spirit of God.
God's Spirit helps us to confess Jesus as Lord. In 1 Corinthians 12:3
Paul says 'therefore no one speaking in the spirit of God ever says
Jesus is accursed and no one can say Jesus is Lord except in the Holy
Spirit'. The Holy Spirit is not only given to individuals but also to
the people who gathered in one place (Acts 2:4). So, it solicits us to
consider our participation in the fellowship and mission of God. May the
Holy Spirit empowers and encourages us to serve God and bind us
together as an indispensable member of the body of Christ and His
May God bless us all.
(Rev. Robin K. Paul)