Christ died to pay the sin debt for all mankind. He was buried in a rich man’s tomb. He arose the third day.
So what happens next? Christ ascending back to heaven, waiting in the upper room, the replacement of Judas as an apostle, the 120 are filled with the Holy Ghost, and the 120 preaching and every one hears them in their own language.
We will explore each of these this week.
The Holy Ghost fills the 120 (Acts 2:1-4)
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Picture in your mind. You are involved in prayer meeting. All of a sudden, a hurricane force wind, (rushing mighty wind), blows through. You are frightened because of the wind, when “…cloven tongues like as fire…”, sits on you. Nothing like this has ever happened before and you are scared out of your mind. Then you are filled with the Holy Ghost (Spirit) and begin speaking in languages you have never spoken before. For most of us, this would freak us out.
This surreal picture is what happened to the 120 believers in the upper room. They had been patiently waiting for the baptism of the Holy Ghost. This probably shocked them, as it would us.
That moment changed their lives forever. They left that room bold witnesses for Jesus Christ.
What happens next will be tomorrows devotional.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001 email@example.com