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In our study of Acts chapter two, we are told of the day that the church received the power of the Holy Spirit. They had been told to wait for it and, when it came, the church began to expand in a mighty way.
"When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place." NIV translation
This verse is referring us to a specific day in time and it has a very significant meaning. Most of us Christians think that Pentecost is the day that the Holy Spirit was given to the early church. While that is true, it has deeper roots. In Jewish traditions (Jesus was a Jew), the name for Pentecost is Shavuot. This was a feast that occurred 50 days after the firstfruits (tithe) of the new barley harvest were waved before the Lord. The scholars believe that it was the day, after the people left Egypt during the Exodus, on which God gave Moses the law. What a beautiful pattern God has made. Pentecost begins with his people receiving the law. They received the law hoping they could fulfill its requirements even as God knew they could not. God already knew this and was planning on sending his son, Jesus Christ, to fulfill it. The Jewish people faithfully observe the Feast of Pentecost without seeing it's deeper meaning. This is the same day of Pentecost that is being referred to in this verse. Then, in God's perfect timing, Jesus shows up and the disciples receive the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. Christians today celebrate this day on the 50th day after Easter.
"Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting." NIV translation
The gift that Jesus had promised is finally here! When God shows up, you know it. As with many things that Jesus told the disciples, they probably did not understand what the Holy Spirit was going to be and the power that would be at their disposal. It seems that we, as Christians, many times are the same way. We go through life in defeat rather than in the victory that Jesus gave to us. We go through life trying to get by under our own power.
This same power that came over the house in this verse is the power that can be alive and filling us. We must ask ourselves, who is running our life? If we are trying to do it on our own, we will not have the power. If we are trusting in God and the Holy Spirit, then we have God alive in us and who or what can stand against us? Let us resolve to live in victory.