The Coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-13, 14-36)
The Coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-13, Acts 2:14-36)
The coming of the Holy Spirit happened on the day of Pentecost, on the tenth day, after the Ascension of Jesus into heaven.
Pentecost is the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the 50th Sunday after Easter (the name comes from the Greek pentekoste, “fiftieth”)
Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church, and the start of the church’s mission to the world.
The apostles were in one accord in the Upper-Room, where they had the last supper with Jesus. They were afraid to go out because of accusations or being killed by the Jews.
However, while in the Upper-Room, they prayed, studied the word of God, and worshiped. Suddenly, a strange wind blew in their midst, they saw a flame-like a shape of a tongue resting on each of them. Immediately, they were filled with the Holy Spirit (Power from God), and they started speaking in different languages.
As a result, the apostles were filled with joy and courage, fear left them, they went into the street of Jerusalem to preach the word of God with boldness.
Some of the witnesses to this great event were people from Medes, Elamites, Judea, Mesopotamia, Cappadocia, Pamphylia, Egypt, parts of Libya, etc, they heard them speak in their languages, while others who did not understand this great event, accused the apostles of being drunk.
Visible Signs of the Coming of the Holy Spirit:
1. Wind and breath.
2. Tongues of fire.
3. Speaking in tongues.
4. Spiritual power.
5. Courage to preach the word (good news)
Significance of the Coming of the Holy Spirit:
1. Fulfillment of God’s promise.
2. It shows that God is reliable.
3. That God is dependable.
4. God is trustworthy at all times.