Pastor Mark Jeske
It’s not as though the Son of God made his first appearance on earth when he was born in Bethlehem. The Old Testament tells us of various appearances of the “angel of the Lord” who spoke and acted like the second person of the Trinity. And it’s not as though the Holy Spirit had to wait until Pentecost to make his grand entrance. The Old Testament is full of references to the “Spirit of the Lord.”
But here’s what changed 50 days (in Greek pentekostos means “50th”) after Easter: Jesus more than compensated his apostles for his absence by not only sending but outpouring a gusher of the Spirit upon the believers. Jesus told his nervous disciples a few hours before his arrest: “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:16,17).
You may think that on Sundays you go to church. What a concept that in fact you are the church! Yes! Seriously! The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, actually lives within you, creating and nourishing the faith you need through the Word, changing your life to be more Christ-like, maturing your understanding, and tuning you up to be all that he has created you to be.
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