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Pentecost is a celebration of the day that the first Christians were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4). Pentecost, which means 'fiftieth,' is celebrated 50 days after Easter and is the last day of the Easter season. It is also celebrated as the birthday of the Church! See also Matthew 3:11; baptismal by fire.
Spring Harvest or Shauvot in the Jewish Tradition.
The significance of Pentecost for 'believers' lies in the baptism of the disciples with the Holy Spirit, in fulfillment of Jesus' 'promise'. Jesus made the promise in John 14:26 saying, 'But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.' Since then, upon 'repentance unto faith', ALL BELIEVERS ARE INDWELLED WITH THE PERSON AND POWER OF GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT. [John 14:1-15:11] And yes, He does 'brings the Scriptures to our remembrance'.
[See also Acts 1:8; and the 'preaching' of Acts Chapter 2. Further understanding is found in such as 1 Corinthians 3:16,17; Galatians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 4:8; 1 Peter 1:11, 1 John 3:24]
After dying on the cross and being resurrected, Jesus reappeared in front of the disciples to prove He was alive and well. He told them to wait in Jerusalem for 'power' before they were to proceed. Remember, the Good Lord has His 'time schedule' upon which He acts, ever bringing to pass, His Word. [Isaiah 55:10,11] 'Passover' and the 'Feast of Unleavened Bread' occurred and was 'fulfilled', during the period of the 'Crucifixion'; the death of 'the Lamb of God' 'to take away the sin of the world', all as promised, in His Word, and fulfilled in Jesus Christ, for those 'feasts' 'spiritual meanings'.
[Genesis 3:15, 16; 22:7; Isaiah 53:7;John 1:29; Revelations 5:6, 12; 12:11]
Then, come Pentecost, or, Shauvot, the disciples were waiting in an upper room in Jerusalem, bonded in prayer together when they heard the sound of a strong wind inside the house. This was the Holy Spirit and they were filled with it. [John 3; Acts 1:12-14; 2:1-13; 2:14-39]. They were given the gift of 'tongues', or, 'the ability to speak in other known languages' so that all those present in Jerusalem from all over the known world for the 'Spring Festival' would hear the 'gospel'; 'good news from God' about 'salvation into His Eternal Kingdom by and through faith in His Son'. [John 3:16, 17] Immediately, Peter began his ministry, while the other disciples also spread the word, giving way to the birth of the church.
Nowadays, Pentecost Sunday is a celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit. This 'holiday', or, 'day of Remembrance' unites Christians together. It reminds Christians that, we too can receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and be witnesses to the ends of the Earth. [Whether or not a person 'celebrates' this day does not determine that a person is or is not - 'saved'. Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ, ALONE. Ephesians 2:1-22]
On Pentecost Sunday, most people will be wearing crimson or deep red. This is the color of Pentecost. Additionally, in some countries, the church likes to do Confirmations on this day. This practice gives the young people responsibility for their own faith, which makes sense as the birthday of the church is all about inviting more people to join it.
Remember, however, that being a witness of God doesn't need to take place on Pentecost Sunday only. You can be His witness and spread the gospel every day of the week. I pray that you are about this most invaluable, 'First Thing, First'. Amen. Amen.
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