In Preparation…for Pentecost 2017

This weekend is Pentecost. Pentecost comes from the Greek word for 50th and celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit given 50 days after the Resurrection. This was also the founding of the church. It coincides with a Jewish holiday that celebrates the time after Passover. Of course, as Christians we don’t celebrate Passover any longer because Christ is the fulfillment of the law, so we recognize Pentecost as the start of the church 50 days after our Lord rose from the dead giving us the hope of new life in the resurrection on the last day. Check out today’s video as we dig into our Hymn of the Day. You can listen to Hymn 503 O Day Full of Grace too.

 

Take some time to reflect on this weekend’s readings: Numbers 11:24-30, Acts 2:1-21, John 7:37-39

Here’s a Summary of the themes for the day.

The Risen Lord Jesus Pours Out the Holy Spirit

The Lord took “some of the Spirit” that was on Moses “and put it on the seventy elders” of Israel (Num. 11:25), and they “prophesied in the camp” (Num. 11:26). In the same way, our risen Lord Jesus poured out His Holy Spirit at the Feast of Pentecost — the 50th day and the “Eighth Sunday” of Easter. When “a sound like a mighty rushing wind” and “tongues as of fire appeared” and rested on each of the 12 apostles, “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit” and proclaimed “the mighty works of God” (Acts 2:2–4, 11). The Lord Jesus grants this same Spirit to His Church on earth to proclaim Him glorified on the cross and risen victorious from the grave for us sinners. From His open heart, our crucified and risen Lord pours out His Holy Spirit in “rivers of living water” (John 7:38) and invites everyone who thirsts to come to Him and drink freely (John 7:37). Through this life-giving work of the Holy Spirit, we hear our pastors “telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God” (Acts 2:11), and “everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).

Here’s IssuesEtc’s… deeper discussion

Have a great day and God bless!

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