Pentecost – An Amazing Occurrence (Part 1)
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: (Mat 3:11)
We can say “Amen!” because we can agree with John the baptist. Because of what he said “but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear!” As children we would look up to others, those we know who are mightier than us, and we would want to be like them, my advice to fellow Christians is, yearn to be like Christ. John knew that Jesus was the Messiah, he also knew that “Jesus was the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” And he told this to two of the disciples in John 1.
He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: and we will see this happen as we come to Acts 2.
But first we’ll think about verse 1 for a sec. “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.“
The first time we can see the Pentecost coming into action is in Leviticus 23:15-22. And in it we can see that it is a day to come “unto the LORD“, unto Jehovah, and a feast day,”an holy convocation“,where”ye shall do no servile work“.
We can see that even though it was a feast day, it didn’t stop the disciples from coming to the Lord in prayer and fellowship, one with another.
It would be an even more blessed time, especially when they could look back fifty days ago to the Passover, to when Jesus died on the tree, but he did not just die but he rose again the third day! He died for us, He conquered death, as it says in Philippians 2:8 “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
So let’s come down in humility before the Lord and give thanks for what he has done and acknowledge that through what he has done. “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:“
“They were all with one accord in one place!“
If you have read my last meditation, Amazing Acts – #2 (if not, take the time to read it) then you will know that the phrase in Acts 1:14 would link to this phrase here. And we will rephrase this phrase with what you read in, Amazing Acts – #2 .
But I first just want to mention something about this word, accord, there is a similar word that would take up the meaning of the sentence, the word is mind, They were all with one mind. If you would think of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, and I maybe mentioned this last time, that if you only have one instrument then you’ll only have a nice tune, (even if a piccolo). But if you have more instruments then you’ll have it flawless and fluent, graceful… (flutes, oboes, clarinets in B flat and C, bassoons, contrabassoon, horns in E flat and C, trumpets, trombones, timpani (in G-C) and strings.))…so it is with the disciples, not just the twelve, including Matthias, but 120 others who followed Christ.
And as Ezra said “I said unto them, Ye are holy unto the LORD;… a freewill offering unto the LORD God.”
And that is right that as we come to God and give our worship and our life unto the Lord, “For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:”2 Cor 2:15.
As you see in this that it is while we are in hard times that God will bless us as we keep standing for him. “But the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.”(Deuteronomy 23:5) and we can see that those who suffered in God’s name was blessed one way or another.
And now with,Amazing Acts – #2, we will rephrase the end of verse 1. They, the disciples, were all with one accord, praying humbly and praying earnestly, in one place, which is before God.
Where are you? Have you turned to God? Are you still following the ways of man and not God? Are you by yourself, isolated away from family (physically and spiritually) and friends?
Come to God! Find comfort and peace in Him! For “His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Mat 1:23)
And“God is with you.”(Isaiah 7:14)
An Amazing Occurrence….To be continued