FROM THE PULPIT: Pentecost and its beginnings

Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 04:39 PM.

As Luke states in Acts 1 and 2, more than 100 believers gathered after Jesus returned to the Father.

They talked, remembered, prayed and wondered what was next. On the morning of Pentecost, they told the people they met about Jesus.

Each person heard the witnesses speak in their own language — if they carefully listened; otherwise, they heard babbling. They spread, for the first time in full form, the good news of Jesus.

However, it was more than words. The Holy Spirit, in the ears and the hearts of those who listened, carried the words with power and authority. About 3,000 new people joined believers' ranks.

Pentecost wasn’t the first time the Spirit was active. The Spirit had been working all along in humans who listened.

However, Pentecost was the first day that the Spirit took hold of Christ’s followers as a group or "body," and came to stay.

For the first time, the Spirit's raw power was there in anyone who followed Christ.

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