April 4, 2013

The Book of Acts tells the story of the first-century church and how its humble beginnings gained a foothold in a godless world to become a community of believers spread all across that world. This amazing growth did not happen overnight and not without significant obstacles.

Persecution, natural disasters, famine and the godless influences of the Roman Empire threatened the church from without. Yet, the most formidable obstacle to confront the early followers of Jesus came from within. Racial and cultural prejudice could have destroyed the growth and influence of the early church. These first century followers of Jesus had to find a way to overcome the animosity and division between Jew and Gentile.

Acts 2:1-13

On Mount Sinai, God confirmed the validity of the law by bringing down fire from heaven (Exodus 19:16-18). Here at Pentecost, God confirmed the power and presence of the Holy Spirit by sending fire again. On Mount Sinai, the fire came down in one location, but at Pentecost, it came down on many believers. Perhaps this symbolizes the fact that God’s power is now present and available in all those who believe?