The Heart of the Matter

Sunday’s Scripture –May 31, 2020

John 7:37-39, Acts 2:1-21

Reflection

Finally, the day of Pentecost has come. We can read about the first Pentecost in the second chapter of Acts.

It had been fifty days since the Resurrection and ten since the Ascension. Ten days isn’t very long, but it probably felt like a long time to those early believers. Jesus had been clear: I must go up so the Holy Spirit can come down. (How else would Jesus be with and IN every believer at all times and places?) Wait in Jerusalem until then.

But, they also didn’t know how long they’d be waiting. After a few days, it probably started to feel like the Holy Spirit would never come. They may have even worried that the Holy Spirit had come already, and they had somehow missed the arrival.

Maybe you’ve felt like this too. Maybe you’ve wondered if the Holy Spirit has come to you or worried that you’ve somehow missed it.

“In the last days it will be,” God declares, “that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.” (Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:17)

The Holy Spirit did come. And the disciples did not miss it.

God is always faithful to God’s Word. The whole story of Scripture is of God’s faithfulness to God’s Covenant. God is so very faithful.

God could not have been more clear: I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh. When the prophet Joel said this, and when Peter quoted him later, they elaborated: It doesn’t matter if you’re a son or daughter, young or old, slave or free. If you are a human person in Christ, you have been given the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:17-18)

Maybe it’s time to take God at God’s word and acknowledge this reality. Maybe the question isn’t “Have I been given the Holy Spirit?” but rather, “Have I received the Holy Spirit?”

There’s a lot at stake. As a result of that first Pentecost, the gospel spread from Jerusalem to the surrounding areas all the way to us today. And the Holy Spirit wants to continue to spread the gospel through us. It’s not too late to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit afresh this Pentecost.

Wait for it. Look for it. Anticipate it. Receive it. Then share it.

 

Questions

  • Is it hard for you to believe the Holy Spirit’s presence with you is a reality? Why or why not?
  • So, have you received the Holy Spirit? If not, what is holding you back?
  • With whom does the Holy Spirit want to share the gospel through you?

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