What is the significance of Pentecost? The day that inspired an entire denomination of churches holds great significance for charismatic Christians all over the world. Emily McIntyre shares.
For the Jewish community, the Day of Pentecost fell in a time of feasting and celebration. I believe this was significant. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit was a joyous occasion. In fact it was so joyous that the people who saw those on whom the Holy Spirit had fallen, assumed they must have been drunk.
The day when anyone is born is a joyous occasion and one theologian has described Pentecost as ‘the day the church was born’. We celebrate Christmas and the birth of Christ, we celebrate when a new marriage or a new business venture has begun and similarly we celebrate Pentecost Sunday. It’s not just something to remember, it’s something to celebrate!
Things begin with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brooded over the earth before the earth was formed. He was the reason Mary conceived Jesus and He was right there at the conception of the Church.
But Pentecost Sunday not just about celebrating the Holy Spirit. It’ s about remembering why we are celebrating Him.
Jesus had ascended 10 days prior to the moment the Holy Spirit was poured out on 120 people who had gathered together to pray in the upper room.
Before the Holy Spirit was poured out, they were just a group of people, committed to following Jesus and responding to a command Jesus had given them to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit they had no real power to carry out the great commission, ‘to make disciples of all nations’. (Matthew 28:19) They loved Jesus but lacked the ability to see the work done.
That was the point of all the waiting; to be endued with power from on high (power is translated from the word dunamis, meaning strength & ability).
I believe that strength and ability to carry out the work ahead of us can only be given by the Holy Spirit. ‘It’s not by might, not by power but by my spirit says the Lord’ (Zechariah 4:6) It’s a work of the Spirit to prepare us for the work Jesus has given us.
Jesus has done all He can to save people. Now we partner with Him in the work of salvation, healing and deliverance, by the power of the Holy Spirit within us.
So, Pentecost Sunday is a day where we celebrate the Holy Spirit and we remember why He was sent to us. It is a reminder of celebration and commission. So drink up church and then go ahead and be bold to do what he has commissioned. Happy Pentecost Sunday!
Emily McIntyre is the Dean of Female Students at C3 College, Oxford Falls, Sydney. She is a foundation member of C3 and is a valued and popular member of staff and the congregation. Her father, Simon McIntyre is the Pastor of C3 London alongside his wife Val, and brother Reuben McIntyre serves as a Generations Pastor on staff at Oxford Falls.
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