“Out of the Believer’s Heart”
Acts 2:1-21; John 7:37-39
There are many Holy Days in our church calendar. Days where we celebrate different aspects of Jesus’ life: his birth, his baptism, his fasting in the wilderness, his death and most importantly, his resurrection. And of course all along we are reading his teachings and the impact he has had on people’s lives, whether through witnessed accounts in the Gospels or through the letters of those who continued his work.
But today we celebrate something else. While what we celebrate today is still something Jesus promised, it’s something he’s not physically active in as he is in the other celebrations. He don’t read how he touched someone or what he said. We don’t hear of what he was doing. On Pentecost we only hear about the disciples and what happened to them.
The disciples began the day sitting together in a house. Seems innocent enough. They have probably been doing this quite a bit since Jesus left them to be with the Father in heaven. I wonder if they had any idea that today would be any different… if they had any idea their lives would change… again.
Hadn’t things changed enough already? They left their work. They left their families. They left everything they had ever known to follow this Jesus. So they continued to gather in this house to talk and reflect on what they experienced and how they knew they could never go back to the way things had been. They had seen too much. They heard too much. They had experienced so many things in their journey with Jesus, they were new men never to be the same again.
So they gathered together in this house, day after day. They found a replacement disciple for Judas, Matthias, and tended to other minor business while they waited… for what, I’m not sure they knew.