Most people love gifts. As a child I would write a list, remind Mum and Dad constantly of my list and be sure to put the list in a place where they were sure to see it every single day. Then the countdown would start… the days waiting for birthdays and Christmas’ to come around would feel like an age waiting for the expected gifts to arrive.
This is exactly how the disciples felt as they waited for the special gift that was promised to help them share about the news of the Gospel. And they were not disappointed! What a wonderful celebration it was. With mighty rushing winds, tongues of fire and many different languages spoken, the Holy Spirit came majestically.
The day of Pentecost brought with it a special gift from heaven given by a loving father to teach, guide, comfort and intercede for his children. The account of The Coming of the Holy Spirit is found in Acts 2:38. After the action, Peter speaks to the crowd that had gathered.
“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
This passage shows that our faith is a repentant faith. It’s about turning from your old ways, resting and trusting in Christ, and making him your only hope in life and death.When you repent and believe, the Holy Spirit comes in as a gift. Your repentance and your faith do not earn the Spirit; it is a gift. What a blessing to know that the gift of the Holy Spirit is not dependent on how much we repent or how much we believe…that it is not earnt.
Easter is the culmination of the Gospel story, the fulfilment of all that the prophets spoke about the Messiah. With Pentecost, the third person of the Trinity is given to carry the church into its next phase. The Holy Spirit enables God’s people to spread the Gospel and to establish the church.
The disciples had to wait for this gift to arrive. We don’t have to wait…all we need to do is repent and believe, and we can all do that right now.
Bronwyn Wilson, Principal