Dear Brothers and
in the name of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.
Pentecost is one of the most important
events in the church's history. Pentecost is the Greek name for Shavuot,
the feast of weeks; it literally means the 50th.There
are two beliefs among the Jews about this event. Exodus 34:22 says" And you shall observe the
feast of weeks, the first fruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering
at the year's end". Another belief says Pentecost is a prominent feast of
Israelites commemorating the law; it was given by God to Moses on Mount
In the New Testament,
Pentecost is a feast commemorating the descent of the Holy Spiritupon the apostles and the followers of Jesus Christ, as described in Acts of
Apostles 2:1-33. Pentecost is 50th and
final day of the Easter season. It was happened 50 days after Jesus
resurrection. Theologians believe that Pentecost event helped the formation of
church more simply it is the birthday of church.
Acts of Apostles, there is a brief description of the Pentecost event. There
were about one hundred and twenty followers including twelve disciples who were
present at that time. They received the Holy Spirit from God. When Pentecost came, the disciples were all
together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a
mighty wind and it filled the entire house where the disciples were sitting.
God's Holy Spirit appeared above each one of them as tongues of fire. They were
filled with Holy Spirit and they began to speak in other tongues. They came
from different nations with different languages but they could understand what
each other was saying.
Jesus was in the world He promised His Holy Spirit would come and stay with His
disciples. In John14:15-17"If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I
will pray to the Father, and he will give you another counselor, to be with you
forever, even the spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, because it
neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will
be in you." After His resurrection
He told his disciples to go to Jerusalem before he leaves them. They were
waiting for Holy Spirit in the upper room. When they received the Holy Spirit
they were amazed and praised God. The
gift of Holy Spirit helped them to go out into the world to preach the kingdom
of God and be His witnesses. God anointed His people for the great job that is
the extension of kingdom of God. But it happened only through his marvelous
gift of the Holy Spirit. In Babel (Genesis11:1-9) God made confusion in their
languages and scattered them but in Pentecost He brings all the people back
power of the Holy Spirit is the life of all Christians. So we are called
by God to reach beyond our own borders and our own comforts. We are filled with
the one Spirit; the same Holy Spirit who came down on apostles and the early
believers at the time of Pentecost. It demands that we be true witnesses among
our family, society and Global community. David Wilkerson said "When you
strip it of everything else, Pentecost stands for the power and life
that came into the church when the Holy Spirit came down on the day of
Pentecost." Let us submit ourselves
to God's hands.
you know that 28th CSI Family and Youth
Conference will be held on 2014 July 3 to 6 at Lancaster Host Resort &
Conference Center, PA. Preparations are going on. Please pray for the
conference and the people who are working behind the scenes. I hope God's
presence will be there on those days.
May God bless to all.
(Rev. Robin K. Paul)