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The Holy Spirit comes on Pentecost

The Holy Spirit comes on Pentecost
Bible Accent: Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Saint for Today: St. John of Beverley

The Holy Spirit comes on Pentecost

Peter, James, John, Andrew and other followers of Jesus were in Jerusalem. Jesus had said to them, “(Wait for) the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the holy Spirit.” And on the day of Pentecost that promised was fulfilled.

The disciples were in a house together praying when the sky was filled with a roaring sound, like a mighty wind. Then the wind filled the house with its power, and tongues of fire appeared in the air and rested on everyone there. They were immediately filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to praise God in many languages.

Because it was Pentecost, many Jews from all over the world had come home to celebrate the holiday with their friends and families. These visitors joined the people of Jerusalem as they went to the house where something unusual was happening. Every one of them was amazed by what they were seeing and hearing, because each person heard the disciples praying in their own languages. Someone asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia. … Yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.”

Another man asked, “What does this mean?”

Others who did not want to believe said, “They have had too much new wine.”

Peter, who had heard some of the conversations about what was happening, stood up and spoke to the crowd of people in a loud voice. “Let this be known to you, and listen to my words. These people are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: … ‘I will pour out a portion of my spirit … in those days, and they shall prophesy, … and it shall be that everyone shall be saved who calls on the name of the Lord.’”

Peter preached to the people about the power of God, about the ministry of Jesus and how he was crucified. Many felt the word of God in their hearts, so they asked, “What are we to do, my brothers?”

Peter answered simply, “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.”

READ MORE ABOUT IT: Acts 2

Q&A

1. Why did the Apostles wait in Jerusalem?

2. What did Peter tell the crowd of people they should do?

Bible Accent: Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The apostle Paul wrote about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He said that the Spirit allows us to understand and declare that “Jesus is Lord.” This same Spirit may take different forms of service, or may use different gifts at different times, but God uses the Spirit for the benefit of all Christians.

The church recognizes seven main gifts of the Spirit: wisdom, understanding, knowledge, right judgment, courage, reverence and wonder. These gifts help to improve our relationship with God, to help us to make good decisions and to help us on our daily Christian journeys.

The Spirit makes us one in Christ. Paul compared this to our body, which is made up of many parts but is still only one body.

Saint for Today: St. John of Beverley

John of Beverley went to a school run by St. Theodore in Kent, England, and quickly became a top student.

After graduation he entered an abbey in Whitby. There, too, he excelled, and when the bishop died, he was appointed to take his place. When he was not busy preaching or with other duties, he would pray in a cell near the church of St. Michael. He was later appointed bishop of York.

St. Bede, who served under John, wrote that John was holy and devout. Some honest people also said they saw John perform miracles. After John retired, he continued to pray in an abbey he had built in Beverley earlier in his life.

John died in 721, and we honor him on May 7.

 

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