Holy Spirit still works in us today
On the day of Pentecost, as promised, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to his disciples to form what we now call the Church. The Bible says fire rested on their heads, a mighty wind blew, and they spoke in various tongues; there was clearly a power in them like never before.
Seizing the opportunity, the disciple Peter got up to preach …
Scripture: Acts 2:36-41 (NLT)
“So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!” Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!” Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.
We proclaim and preach that Jesus Christ is crucified and risen. The one whom the religious people rejected—God the Father has made him Lord and Messiah. And when we realize that Jesus had to die because of us, we are cut to the heart. It hurts. We repent, we’re baptized, and we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit with joy, knowing that we have been called according to the purposes of God.
This is the divine reversal … Jesus, who died, is now alive. Those who killed him are forgiven, and some seemingly foolish and immature disciples become leaders of a movement.
What divine reversals can we see in our lives during this time? What unexpected and undeserved thing is God doing for us and with us?
Lord Jesus Christ, on the way to Emmaus, you were the guest who became the host, first receiving our hospitality and then offering us yours. Aware that we are not deserving of your love, call us once more to repentance, and then into your joy, celebrating the gift you give us by bearing the cross and resurrection. Thank you for your unexpected grace. Amen.