Today is Pentecost Sunday
Today is the Day of Pentecost, and today Christians around the world celebrate the arrival of the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, on earth. Jesus told His disciples that after His time on earth had ended, God the Father would send the Holy Spirit as a Comforter and Helper to those who loved Jesus, and that this Holy Spirit would indwell and stay with those who had believed in Jesus
(John, chapters 14 & 16).
The name “Pentecost” is from the Greek meaning “fiftieth day”, and was used during the time of Jesus (when Greek was the common language across cultures) to refer to a Jewish holy day, Shavuot, the “Feast of Weeks”. The spring harvest festival, it occurs seven weeks (forty-nine days) after Passover, the festival that commemorates when God freed His chosen people, the Israelites, from slavery in Egypt and began to lead them into the Promised Land.
Passover and Pentecost were part of three festivals called the Shalosh Regalim, or “Festivals of Pilgrimage”. God commanded in the Old Testament that three times a year, Israel would sacrifice to Him (Exodus 23:14-17, 34:18-23; Deuteronomy 16:1-17). As the Temples became the centers of God’s worship, the Israelites would return to Jerusalem for these holy days as pilgrims. This is why Jerusalem was filled to bursting during the Crucifixion and Resurrection (which took place during Passover – Matthew 26:17; Mark 14:12; Luke 22:1-7; John 13:1-4), and when the disciples began to preach in Jerusalem after Jesus had ascended into Heaven (which took place during Pentecost).
But what does the Holy Spirit have to do with the Day of Pentecost? The book of Acts has the answer: Jesus remained on earth for forty days after the Resurrection, after which He ascended into Heaven (Acts 1:1-11). Pentecost was only a few days away.
As Jesus’ disciples were together during the beginning of Pentecost, they were in Jerusalem – only about a hundred and twenty. It was then that the Holy Spirit arrived, announcing Himself with a thunderous wind and flames that rested upon the disciples. Incredibly, the disciples began to speak in other languages – languages they had no knowledge of whatsoever! Pilgrims from many places came to hear the disciples as they emerged into the streets, and miraculously heard them in the tongues they spoke back in their homes far away – speaking “of the mighty deeds of God” (Acts 2: 7-11).
Peter the Apostle, who less than two months before had thrice denied ever knowing Jesus, was filled with the Holy Spirit and preached a magnificent sermon to the people (Acts 2:14-40). Peter spoke of who Jesus was, and that the words of the prophets had come true – that God had sent not only a Messiah, but His own Son to save all humanity through death on the cross and resurrection from the grave, and that the way to be saved from sin and death was to believe in Jesus and His sacrifice and triumph.
Three thousand people answered God’s call that day, prompted by the Holy Spirit and believing in Jesus. And so the Church we are a part of today was born on Pentecost, nearly two thousand years ago in the streets of the City of David, preached by uneducated cowards who by the power of the Holy Spirit spoke boldly and unafraid in tongues they had not been taught, proclaiming salvation for all who would believe.
As the Passover lamb was being sacrificed in memory of God’s deliverance of His people from bondage in Egypt, Jesus, the Lamb of God, was sacrificed to free us from the bondage of sin. So too, as the Israelites celebrated the first of the harvest at that Pentecost, the Holy Spirit brought in that first harvest of the faithful, and Christ’s Church stood revealed.
If your faith is in Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit is your Comforter and Helper as well! Remember, and rejoice with the Church around the world today!
Prayer List for June 9, 2019
PASTORAL SEARCH COMMITTEE
Bruce Lowing, Chairman
Roy Harper, Jeff Beilfuss, Amy Ruba,
Dan Bradshaw, Kristen Wallace,
Mike Basler, Lisa Barnett, and Bill Payne
1) For our series "ON MISSION" to help us to FOCUS and MOVE toward greater connection with God's mission for Cornerstone in Ludington.
2) For God to EMPOWER us to take steps to LOVE ONE ANOTHER in tangible, practical ways at Cornerstone.
3) For God to lead and direct our PASTORAL SEARCH TEAM and pastoral applicants so that the best fit/God's choice for Cornerstone would be clearly known and discerned.
*Dee Schmidt - fell and fractured femur
*Pat Crawford - back surgery 6/10
*Brooklyn Root-3 week old baby girl with multiple health issues and recovering from eye surgery; remains in the hospital
*Charity Shaffer and her sister Patty are taking care of aging parents
*Joseph Chamness – friend’s work, friend’s health and his health
*Charles Hebert – hospitalized with liver issues and mini strokes
*Patti Gerhart - hospitalized; 2nd surgery recovery
*We would like to congratulate Vicky Jones and Leo Root on the birth of their daughter, Brooklyn on May 20. Grandmother is Lisa Jones. (see health concerns above)
*We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Don and Lynn Justice and their family. Don’s father Clinton went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 31, just one week shy of his 100 birthday.
Peter & Beverly Roberts
Fred & Julie Robinson
Chris & Courtney Robotham
Leo Root & Vicki Jones
During the past year we have called on you numerous times to support our granddaughter Riley in prayer during two major surgeries and several difficult procedures. We are happy to tell you that many of these concerns have been corrected thanks to your prayers. There is still one additional concern which needs to be resolved. The doctors at U of M recommend she be seen by a specialist at Cleveland clinic. Pray that she can get a referral in and be evaluated there. She is continuing in school with some difficulty. Our heartfelt thanks for your continued encouragement and prayers.
Ron and Beth Henrickson
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