Tongues of Fire!
Speaking in other Languages!
The sound of Rushing Wind!
A filled House!
and a Passionate Peter Preaching!
It can only mean one thing: Pentecost Sunday. That's the amazing, confusing, electrifying scripture we'll read this Sunday. Acts 2:1-21 is such a great read, marking the anniversary/birthday of the Christian Church. It's the day the Spirit really broke into the world, filling people with prophecy, visions, dreams.
Pentecost is a day in which God once again did something NEW. I find it amazing how throughout the Bible we encounter again and again the ways in which God breaks into our reality and does something so amazing you think "There's no way God can top that!"
But guess what: God does.
Just think of a few of the astonishing, seemingly un-topable things God has done:
Creation, parting the Red Sea, Resurrection.
And yet, just when it seems God has played the best card, another Ace comes out to wow us. And that is what Pentecost is all about.
Jesus has been crucified, resurrected and ascended. And then !BAM! something new and exiting happens as the Spirit comes roaring in and begins to change the game. And one of the first changes the Spirit will do: make it so people can understand one another.
What a joy to behold, what a blessing to let loose on Creation.
May the Spirit move you in ways you could never imagine this week. May the Spirit enable us to understand one another a little bit more.
Peace and joy,