March 11, 2019 - When Jesus, our Lord, ascended back to the Father in heaven he left his disciples that were there with him this instruction. He told them to stay there in Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father, which he had told to them when he said, “for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” (Acts 1:5)
And then he said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
And so the Apostles stayed in Jerusalem for seven weeks and on the seventh Sunday after the resurrection, came the day of Pentecost, (in the Greek, the fiftieth day). They were all together with many, many people that day.
“And suddenly, there came from heaven, a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the house where they were sitting.” (Acts 2:2)
“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4)
“And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in their own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?” (Acts 2:6-8)
“Both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians - we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” (Acts 2:11)
And so the work of the new church of “The Way” began its ministry and its miracles with the Apostles preaching the gospel of our Lord to all who would listen.
Peter, always being the most outspoken leader of the Apostles rose and began to speak to all who were there, saying, “Men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know - this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.” (Acts 2:22-24)
“Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both and Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” (Acts 2:36)
“Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37)
“And Peter said to them, “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.” (Acts 2:38)
And that offer still stands today for all who would come forth in repentance, accepting Jesus Christ as their own personal Lord and Savior.
Will you stand up today and accept him as your Lord? Only through Jesus can one find eternal life in heaven, only through Jesus Christ can one be saved. Come today…