Bahan Alkitab: Acts 2
Ten days after his ascension, Jesus kept his promise by sending the Holy Spirit to the disciples. The Holy Spirit came in the form of flames of fire that rested on the disciples. Many visitors were in Jerusalem that time as it was during the day of Jewish festival of Pentecost. The disciples started speaking in tongues and proclaimed the works of God. The crowds were astonished to hear the disciples speak in their own languages. Some say that they had had too much wine.
Peter, filled with the Spirit, boldly proclaimed the Gospel to the crowd. He declared Jesus as the Savior sent by God according to God's eternal plan, to die on the cross and save us from our sin. The Holy Spirit worked in the hearts of the crowd and they asked Peter “What shall we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” They gave themselves to be baptized and God added 3,000 believers to their numbers that day.
The Pentecost is known as the day God sent the Holy Spirit and that day the church was born. The lives of the early church was a testament of the love of Christ and they became a witness and blessing to many. They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers (read Acts 2:42-47).
How have we been living our lives as the followers of Christ? Have our lives been a blessing and a witness unto God's love?
Review: Romans 5:8, Luke 24:34b and Acts 1:8