Let’s go back to that morning that started off the church with a bang. It all happened in one remarkable day. Estimates say there were roughly 120 believers gathered in Jerusalem during the celebration of the Passover when suddenly there was the sound of a mighty rushing wind, and what appeared to be flames of fire coming to rest on each of the believer’s heads as they began to speak in other languages so that the people around them were saying, “‘Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs — we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!’” (Acts 2:8-11) Others were saying they must have been drunk.
That’s when Peter got up and started speaking telling everyone that it was too early in the morning (9 o’clock) to be drunk, but that this was what had been prophesied by the prophet, Joel. He went on to tell them that in crucifying Jesus, they had crucified their Lord and Messiah, and when they heard this they were cut to the heart.
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off — for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39)
“Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Peter proclaimed that message by the power and unction of the Holy Spirit. He hadn’t been working on it for days knowing this was going to happen. He didn’t have a researcher and speech-writer. It was spontaneous and directed by the Spirit, like everything else that happened that day. And when all was said and done, 3,000 new believers had been added to the brand new church. What a day!
They just stepped into it that day. No one had any idea what was going to happen. But they did show up, didn’t they? And we do the same every day.
But we don’t do nothing. Showing up requires activation. The New Covenant requires us to interact with the truth. We are expectant. We are looking for our place. We are conscious of the Holy Spirit and showing up for duty. We may not know what it is, but we are ready, awake and poised. We are out of isolation and plugged into reality. We are looking for the Holy Spirit to point us to a person or a task based on the need and our spiritual gifts. To reactivate the New Covenant means to engage with the needs around you. There is no cruise control button for the New Covenant Christian.
Is every day going to be like Pentecost for the first church? The answer to that is simply a matter of whether or not you show up.
Another good Catch, Pastor John!