THEME: THE HOLY SPIRIT
“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
-When the day of Pentecost came, after Jesus had ascended into heaven, people from diverse origins spoke in different tongues. Jesus united people from different tribes, tongues, people and nations by His precious blood. He cements these relationships through the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Before He was taken up to heaven, Jesus gave His disciples instructions to witness His in all Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:7-9). Although they were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in different tongues, some interpreted this as drunkadness. It is likely that the behavioral characteristics of one speaking in tongues and drunk are similar, for they are controlled by a force from different sources. In Ephesians5:18-19, we are told that we should not be drunk with wine which is dissipation; but be filled with the Holy Spirit. It was also illegal for priests from the Levitical order to drink wine. In the New Testament, the parents of John the Baptist were also cautioned that he should neither drink wine nor strong drink, but be filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:15). We all know that Jesus will return in the hour that we do not expect like during the days of Noah. We are called to remain alert always for we do not know the time nor the hour when the Son for Man will come back. We are also called to preach the gospel to all the ends of the world.
Fill us with Your fruit and gift Holy Spirit and help us to witness You in all the nations of the world. Teach us what to say and grant us the courage to proclaim Your name openly without fear nor favour. May we decrease and may You increase always for the glory of Your name. Deliver all Your children from drunkenness but fill us with Your Holy Spirit. Help us to always be alert as You have called us for You are coming soon. Prepare us always to be ready to receive You. Thank You Jesus for Your free gift of eternal life, help us to hold fast faith and works, for the glory of Your name. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
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