I am so excited about Sunday! Pentecost Sunday, or Shavuot in Hebrew, are this Sunday and I am expecting! Why? Well for one, both Christian Pentecost and Jewish Shavuot are celebrated on the same day this year—May 20th! I am so excited because, as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit— and the Jews the giving of the Law, we both are recognizing covenant.
Imagine with me for a moment that we were in the upper room on that Sunday so long ago. Having prayed together for ten days we were tired but also excited. Jesus had promised that He was sending the Holy Spirit, and we were to tarry until He came and endued us with power.
Saturday, had come and the reading for the week included Moses giving the law Exodus 19, 20, but it also included Ezekiel 1:1-28, 3:12. This is the glorious vision of the glory of God that Ezekiel had, including the glorified Son of Man sitting on the throne. Imagine now, as the Holy Spirit falls, the disciples empowered by the Spirit recognized that this is because the Son of Man had been glorified. Jesus is seated at the right hand of God! He has poured out the promise! Jesus has been made both Lord and Christ!
Immediately, a crowd came forming around this new sound of the Holy Spirit. Peter explained that this was prophesied by Joel 2:28-32; Then, Peter preached the resurrected Christ! Using Psalm 16 and Psalm 110, He brought everyone into this glorious conclusion:
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Acts 2:36
The rest is history! But unfortunately for many, it is history lost or forgotten. I am excited about beholding the resurrected Son of Man sitting on His throne, at the right hand of God, waiting till His enemies be made His footstool. I want to see the Holy Spirt being poured out upon our flesh anew. Making all things new!
To prepare, let’s read for ourselves these passages that point to this promise fulfilled and let faith, hope and love rise, as we come together this Pentecost.
Exodus 19, 20 Ezekiel 1:1-28, 3:12; Joel 2:28-32; Psalm 16, 110; John 7:37-39; Acts 2