This Sunday is Pentecost.
Three years ago I wrote a post about The Day of Pentecost. I will share a few excerpts from the post tonight and you can visit the post to learn more about Pentecost.
If you look at your calendar you may notice that this Sunday is Pentecost. I find it interesting that this day slips up on many of us, and we only remember it when it comes close to the day and we notice it on our calendar. Easter is always highly anticipated, but then we don’t look forward to Pentecost.
This year my calendars do not even have Pentecost on them. I have seen a trend where calendars are less likely to show religious days.
Most Christians will know that the day of Pentecost was when divided tongues as of fire descended upon the apostles and they were filled with the Holy Spirit. They will also know part of the sermon that Peter preached before the crowd in Acts 2. Especially Acts 2:38.
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38, ESV)
However, we don’t always think of the significance of Pentecost. The name Pentecost is the Greek word for Shavuot or Festival of Weeks. This was one of the three great Jewish feasts (Passover, Festival of Weeks and the Festival of Booths) where all males were required to gather together. Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai, which happened 50 days after the Jews left Egypt. In Acts 2 we find that the day of Pentecost is when the church is established. The beginning of a new law and a new covenant with God.
This makes me think of the significance that the three great Jewish feasts have for Christians today. The Festival of Booths is when Christ came and dwelt with us, Passover is representative of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross and the Festival of Weeks is the beginning of the new covenant.
Click on The Day of Pentecost to learn more about where Peter’s sermon took place and also what the picture above has to do with Pentecost.