Another important event is often overlooked when we think about the celebration of Pentecost, when God poured out His Spirit on His disciples. When the Holy Spirit came upon the Lord’s disciples, they were celebrating the solemn day of Shavuot, the feast of Weeks. On that holy day, God showed up in the most powerful outpouring of His Spirit upon mankind throughout human history. He gave the power and boldness of His Spirit to the weak and lowly. To become the hands and feet of the Almighty God to save souls from Hell.
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly, there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4
Shavuot is the day to celebrate when God came down on Mount Sinai and gave Moses the Ten Commandments. God saved His people, Israel, from their oppressors in Egypt, but their hearts still longed for the land they left. So God had to give them His Law and show them He was God and that they had to fear and obey Him. So the Law was given to them so they would know how to obey God even though, through history, we see they could not.
How can we know what sin is if God does not provide us with a standard? But God is more concerned with your spiritual condition than your physical being. If God only saves us physically, we would still be lost spiritually. In the same way, He desires that you obey His Law, but the Holy Spirit must change you before you can be able to. This is why God poured out His Spirit on the same day they celebrated the giving of the Law. He proved this greater covenant He established through Jesus Christ by sending His Spirit to indwell His people with power.
And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. Jeremiah 32:38-40
Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? Are you walking in His power to do His will and in the gifts He has given you? If you are in the Lord Jesus Christ, He has given you the power to obey His Law and live a righteous and holy life. His new commands are to love one another, to go into all the world and seek to save the lost, and by doing that, just like Jesus, you will fulfill the Law because His Spirit lives within you.
Praise God. Now we can not only be His by name but in Spirit. We can walk in His boldness and power to work for the Kingdom of God. Praise God; because of this, we can touch an uncountable number of souls for salvation through Jesus Christ. The day of Pentecost set off a chain reaction that would turn multitudes from death to life everlasting.
We have more than just a set of rules to follow; we have the power of God to overcome sin and temptation. So go in the Spirit of the Lord and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To love and heal the broken and sick, those who don’t realize they are heading to Hell. Go and preach Christ crucified who defeated sin and death. Call all to repentance, that God may forgive their sins and give them hope for eternal life through the Son of God, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the Law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:18-21