The eighth Sunday after Easter, when the Holy Spirit started the church.
I’m a Pentecostal… and weirdly, a lot of us Pentecostals never notice when Pentecost comes round. I don’t get it. I blame anti-Catholicism a little.
Anyway, Pentecost is the last day of Eastertime, the day we Christians remember the start of the Christian church—the day the Holy Spirit gave power to Jesus’s followers. Like so.
Acts 2.1-4 KWL
- 1 When the 50th day after Passover drew near, all were together in one place.
- 2 Suddenly a roar came from heaven, like a mighty wind sounds,
- and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
- 3 Tongues, like fire, were seen distributed to them,
- and sat on each one of them, 4 and all were filled with the Holy Spirit.
- They began to speak in other tongues,
- in whatever way the Spirit gave them the ability.
- 4 The Jews who inhabited Jerusalem at the time
- were devout men from every nation under heaven.
- 5 When this sound came forth, the masses gathered, and were confused:
- Each one of them was hearing their own dialect spoken to them.
- 6 They were astounded, and wondered aloud, “Look, aren’t all these speakers Galileans?
- 8 How is each of us hearing our own native dialect?
- 9 People from Iran, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Israel, eastern Turkey,
- 10 western Turkey, Egypt, the Cyrenian part of Libya, visitors from Rome,
- 11 Jews and Jewish converts, Cretans and Arabs
- —we hear them speaking of God’s might in our own languages!”
- 12 All were astounded and stunned. Some asked one another, “What caused this?”
- 13 Others said, joking, “They’ve been drinking port.”
Lots of Christians call this story the “first Pentecost.” It wasn’t.
All male Jews were instructed to go to temple on Pentecost.