Ascension Day was Thursday, May 13th this year, and Pentecost was Sunday the 16th. While Easter always receives a lot of attention, these two special days sometimes slip by unnoticed by some. If that was the case for you this year, take a few moments to think on these events.
Jesus was on the Earth for 40 days after He rose from the dead. Just think how awesome and amazing it was for His followers to spend this time with Jesus following His resurrection. During this time He restored the faith of His disciples, and instructed them to go into the world and preach the Gospel. Matthew 28: 18-20 gives us the exact words that Jesus spoke to His disciples before His ascension:
All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on Earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
These words apply to us as believers today as well. If we as Christians are ever feeling uncertain about what we are to be doing, let us remember and meditate on Jesus’ words. The words of Jesus are our lifeline. Let us seek to live for Him and do His will, which is the very purpose of our lives.
Pentecost was an extremely special time. It was the the time when Jesus’ promise was fulfilled to send the Holy Spirit to the disciples. Act 2: 1-4 states:
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 divided 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.
When this happened to the disciples, they were in Jerusalem. Many Jews from various nations, speaking many different languages, were there in Jerusalem at that time as well. When the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples, they were able to speak to these Jewish men in their native tongues. This was a miracle from God. Many were saved as a result of this. The ones who were saved received the Holy Spirit as well, just as believers today do. Acts 2 confirms this in verses 38 and 39:
Then Peter said to them, “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.”
Thank You God, for sending Your Son Jesus, to guide our way back to You. Thank You that all who repent, accept the payment Jesus made for our sins on the cross, and turn to You will be saved. And thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to each and every believer. May we always seek to do Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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