“All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, what does this mean?”
The day of Pentecost, the birthday of the church, amazed those gathered together trying to figure out what Jesus was all about. The coming of the Holy Spirit definitely shows who Jesus is not: Jesus is not an exclusive God to one nation, race, or ethnicity; Jesus does not seek to destroy or blow up people because they may not agree with God’s Word rather loves them even more and offers opportunity upon opportunity with redeeming grace, mercy, and power to transform hearts and souls. The people on the day of Pentecost did not begin to understand other languages as an academic exercise but to show the power of God through the Holy Spirit to redeem and transform lives no matter the language, race, or ethnicity. It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to see God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are given the ability to be the hands of Jesus the Christ to the world around us. The Holy Spirit is a gift that is given by God that offers wisdom, understanding, hope, faith, and the resolve to celebrate the joy of knowing that the Lord is our strength and our light no matter what life may send in our direction. Jesus seeks all who accepts his saving grace and goes to the end of the earth to find those who have yet to accept him as Lord and Savior, because he also and especially seeks the lost. The Day of Pentecost offers each of us the very power of God through our Risen Savior to transform our world, and all we need to do is accept that fact! God fills us with gifts “as the Spirit gives [us] ability” to do incredible things through the common language of God’s grace, mercy, and power. May you be empowered by the Holy Spirit of God to be the hands, feet, and voice of our loving and gracious Lord. Thank you Jesus for the gift of the Holy Spirit and the privilege to serve your children with all we have received. Thank you Jesus!