And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. (Acts 2:1-5 KJV)
What was the day of Pentecost for the twelve apostles and what it means to us today? The word Pentecost means fiftieth day. It is the second of the three great Jewish feasts, celebrated at Jerusalem yearly, the seventh week after the Passover, in grateful recognition of the completed harvest. As we read in Acts 2, we see that there was something great event about to take a place. Even though we are not biblical theologians, we need to understand how the Church began and made widespread to the whole world.
The books of Gospel didn’t end with the great commission that Jesus gave to the apostles, or the Book of Acts didn’t end with Paul’s journeyed to Rome, Italy. In fact, the Book of Acts doesn’t have ending until Jesus would return to the earth to take His Church. We are the bodies of His Church. In I Corinthians 6:19, Paul declared that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost. In the beginning of the universe, we were in the temple of God. As we read in Genesis 2-3, Adam and Eve talked with God easily as we can talk with each other today. Adam and Eve were in the temple of God. But, now, we are the temple of God. We need to invite Him into our lives to have relationship with Him. God just cannot come into our lives to take over. No, He didn’t do that at the Garden of Eden and He doesn’t do with us today. We need to understand that God is a loving Father, but He is also our Judge and Advocate.
The Day of Pentecost didn’t start with hundreds of people as in Azusa Street in 1906, but few (between 12 to 20). Apostles and few women were in one small house. They didn’t come out until the Holy Spirit began to move on them. We just read that in Acts 2:4, “…they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” We do not know what other languages they spoke than Hebrew and Greek. But it was the day of harvest was completed. Throughout the four books of the Gospel, we read that Jesus called the first twelve disciples to be the fisher of men. The number twelve means the government. Jesus called His disciples to lead the world with the Gospel and message of the hope that they can reunite with God. Jesus stayed on the earth, after His resurrection for fifty days, to train His disciples to lead others to the light of the gospel.
What is your completion of harvest? Are you sowing the seed by sharing your testimony of faith with your family and friends? We all have received seed from God to make multiplication; and it is up to us what to do about it. We can sow our seeds wisely to make double, three, or more seeds; or hide it and use it unwisely.