The harvest festival of Pentecost was not a new concept to God’s people. Every year they would come in from the fields with their first fruits and offer them to God. This was a statement of thanks and a statement of faith. Thanks for the harvest that they already had and a statement of faith that God would continue to give them more as the harvest continued. That festival marked the birth of the New Testament church. What a harvest it has been! God continues the harvest of souls for his kingdom through you and me.
What do the sound of a freight train rushing past and little tongues of fire have in common? They are both signs of the Holy Spirit’s coming on Pentecost. Jesus instructed his disciples to stay in Jerusalem until they were clothed with power. He didn’t disappoint. The power of the Holy Spirit is still at our disposal, but that doesn’t mean it will be through visible signs. The Spirit powerfully changes hearts through his word even today.
God’s gift of faith is a miracle. Whether you are washed for the first time in the waters of Baptism or you just received the Lord’s Supper again – so many times you’ve lost count – God promised to increase your faith. There are people who would do anything to increase their faith, but they can’t. Faith isn’t something that you can piece together in your heart; it is a gift of the Holy Spirit. Want to learn more about the source of faith and how you can increase yours? Join us for worship!
How great would it be if Jesus was walking around today? Would we vote for him as President? Would he help the medical field with his miracles? How many hungry people could be fed by his power? These questions are fun to consider, but they betray the reason Jesus had to leave. It has to do with the Holy Spirit.