Sunset - Larnaca

Sunset - Larnaca

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Pentecost in 'Acts of the Apostles'

Written by the Apostle and Evangelist Luke, the book of Acts tells us the story of the Early Church. In particular, it emphasises the ministry of the Twelve Apostles, as well as the Apostle Paul. The early chapters are set in Jerusalem, which discuss the Resurrection, Ascension and Pentecost. Following that, it highlights the ministry of the Apostles, and finally the conversion of Paul; his ministry, and trip to Rome.

The Great story of Pentecost is found in the Acts of the Apostles. We read in Chapter two that as the Apostles were gathered, they were filled with the Holy, Life-giving and Loving Spirit; and they were directed by the Holy Spirit to talk in various languages. (Acts 2:1-4)

This great and miraculous event took place fifty days after Passover. This was the ‘Culmination of the feast of weeks’ (Ex. 34:22; Deut.16:10), where the people would offer two loaves of bread, symbolising the harvest. This Jewish Feast was taking place in the city of Jerusalem, with many pilgrims present. The people therefore heard and felt the extraordinary and miraculous presence of the Holy Spirit, descending on the holy city. They were amazed at the various languages, and listened to Peter preach on Christ’s Glorious Resurrection, repentance and the fulfilment of the Old Testament Prophecies. 

"Repent, and let every one of you be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38-39)

On that day, many were received into the Early Church and baptised. Through the teaching of the Apostles, great miracles and growth took place in the Church - and Christians met together to worship the Lord through the breaking of the bread and for prayer. 

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