“God is still with us” Pentecost Sunday
“God is still with us”
Today as we celebrate Pentecost, I would like to ask you a question: Which one of the three Christian celebrations: Christmas, Easter and Pentecost is the least crucial?
The birth of the Church at Pentecost Day enabled the Community of Faith to witness to the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The church always needs to be reminded in Christmas God was with us in the person of Jesus Christ, and in Pentecost God is still with us through the Holy Spirit.
In today’s scripture, we see the People who were in Jerusalem rushing out to see what was happening. They could hear Jesus’ disciples proclaiming the Good News of Jesus each in their own language, “What does this mean?
Some thought that the disciples were drunk, Others listened to Peter as he explained what is happening with a prophecy from the prophet Joel: "when God said through his prophet, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams."
Luke tells us that when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles: "Brothers, what should we do?", and Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Three thousand were baptized and the church was born.
Pentecost was never intended to be a once only event. Today we are celebrating the fact that the coming of the Holy Spirit, is a daily event in the life of the believers and of the church.
Jesus said: "When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, and He will declare to you the things that are to come."
Without the Holy Spirit there would be no Christians and no Church.
So, today we celebrate two ways of knowing God: We know God’s salvation through Jesus Christ, and we experience the power of God’s salvation through the Sprit working deep within us.
If the message of Christmas is "God is with us!" then the Pentecost message is "God is still with us and always will be!"
May God's name be glorified in us forever and ever. Amen.