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15th March 2015
At the time of Pentecost, Jesus’ followers saw fire coming from the heavens and they found themselves speaking in different languages! Back in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago, the question: “What is this?” was answered. It’s still just as relevant today, for us.
Peter explained that no, the disciples weren’t drunk, but rather those gathered were seeing the fulfilment of something God had spoken through the prophet Joel hundreds of years earlier.
The world tells us that there isn’t a God or that if there is He won’t be interested in you, He won’t care what you do, He won’t want to be involved with you. But the Bible says God made you to be in relationship with him and to live with him; the Bible tells us the wonderful story that God has always wanted us to know Him personally.
So when Peter says at Pentecost that this is the day when God’s promise to pour out his Spirit on all flesh is being fulfilled, it’s a big deal! This is the fulfilment of God’s promise – it’s not a nice idea God had one day for a bit of fun, but it is actually the restoration of His plan A for humanity, that people can live with God again – God wants to come and live with us: right inside of us!
Peter explains that this restoration is now available for all people – you don’t have to be part of a special or select group, but anyone who accepts Jesus can now be restored to a relationship with God the Father and have the Holy Spirit live in them.
There are three key things Peter told the people about Jesus: 1. He lived and performed miracles that proved He was the Christ, the Messiah, the One promised for hundreds of years, and that now He is Lord, He is King, He is the One who reigns; 2. That Jesus was crucified and died; 3. That God had raised from the dead – death couldn’t hold Him.
Peter reaches his big finish – this is the big point he wants you to get, what ultimately explains what was happening in Jerusalem – and it’s what ultimately explains what this is and why we’re here following Him today: Jesus is now king! He is the supreme authority, who rules over all.
Those listening to Peter then asked him what they should do. He led them in repentance – which is an about-turn, changing our minds in line with what God says and in a way that then changes our behaviour. When you turn from sin, you’re turning to Jesus, where you find forgiveness. Peter led them into repentance, baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Forgiveness is just the starting point into the end goal of an intimate, personal relationship with the One who created us. Where is Jesus not King in your life? Let the Holy Spirit speak to you about any areas of your life where Jesus is not your King? Jesus’ way is always the best way for us. Following Him is always the best for us!
Posted by Andrew Bunt