Pentecost is the great festival that marks the birth of the Christian church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost means “fiftieth day” and is celebrated fifty days after Easter.
Ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven, the twelve apostles, Jesus’ mother and many other of His disciples gathered together in Jerusalem for the Jewish harvest festival that was celebrated on the fiftieth day of Passover. While they were indoors praying, a sound like that of a rushing wind filled the house and tongues of fire descended and rested over each of their heads. This was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on human flesh promised by God through the prophet Joel. Joel 2:28-29
How beautiful to know that the theme for World Youth 2008 in Sydney was from Acts 1:8
When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power and you will be my witnesses … to the ends of the earth.
Indeed this is what happened 2000 years ago and is continuing today.
When the day of Pentecost came all the believers were gathered together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there was what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were filled with the Holy Spirit…….. Acts 2:1-4
Red is the liturgical colour for this day. Red recalls the tongues of flame in which the Holy Spirit descended on the first Pentecost. The colour red also reminds us of the blood of the martyrs. These are the believers of every generation who by the power of the Holy Spirit hold firm to the true faith even at the cost of their lives.
Here we are in the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit – our youth and our land will have been touched in many ways by the Holy Spirit.
What occurred in Sydney 2008 was no coincidence, it was God-incidence.
Are we ready for Him? Are we ready for a great revival in our land?
Do we believe in the power of the Holy Spirit?
Will we accept the gifts of the Holy Spirit and USE them, not just for ourselves but for the good of others as it was intended?
Happy Birthday Dear Church
Happy Pentecost to You All.