What Pentecost Tells Us About God’s Heart For Nations

‘When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.’ (Acts 2:1-2)

As I write, it is Pentecost Sunday. Christians all around the world are celebrating the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church that took place in Acts 2.

The Hunk and I had the privilege yesterday of spending time with a small group of on-fire youth at a ‘Young Evangelists Training Camp.’ [1] These young revivalists have a passionate desire to play a part in seeing the world won to faith in Jesus.

And here are some clues that they will see the desire of their hearts fulfilled:

  • They are seeking to understand the Father heart of God—for themselves and others
  • They are hungry for an intimate relationship with God, and
  • Staying filled with the Holy Spirit is an absolute priority to them

Pentecost: Evidence of God’s Heart for the Nations

‘I owe everything to the gift of Pentecost. For fifty days the facts of the Gospel were complete, but no conversions were recorded. Pentecost registered three thousand souls.’ Samuel Chadwick

Pentecost: a Pilgrimage Feast

‘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.’ (Acts 2:5-6)

Pentecost was one of the great pilgrimage feasts that required Jews to travel to celebrate in Jerusalem. God had arranged the timing so that at the feast of Pentecost, Jews had gathered from every known nation.

On the Day of Pentecost, the Jewish pilgrims heard a massive commotion.

As they were drawn to the noise of the tumult, they heard a heavenly sound. Declarations of praise to God in their own language!

That day, 3,000 became Christians—and many of those present that day would have returned to their own homelands with the message of the Gospel.

The heart of God was already reaching out to the nations, preparing the way for the establishment of the church in those regions.

Pentecost : the Harvest Feast

 “Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field.’ (Ex 23:16)

The feast of Pentecost had a symbolic significance.

Pentecost, also known as the ‘Feast of Weeks’, was a joyful time of celebration and thanksgiving for the harvest.

In Exodus 34:22, we read that Pentecost is a celebration of the first fruits of the wheat harvest. And the people of Israel would bring offerings of new grain to present to God. [2]

At the same time that the Jews were celebrating the physical harvest at Pentecost, the church was celebrating the harvest of 3,000 souls—because the great Harvester, the Holy Spirit, had arrived on the scene.

The Message of Pentecost

Pentecost tells me that the Holy Spirit did not just come for those in the upper room—He came for those outside of the room.

Jesus said,
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

This generation has the opportunity to fulfil the desire Jesus expressed in Matt 28:19—to have disciples from every people group on the face of the earth.

The message of Pentecost is that the work of world evangelism is not to be done in our own strength, but in the empowering of the Holy Spirit.


Notes:

[1] This was an initiative of Youth For Christ Australia

[2] On the day of Pentecost, the first-fruits of the wheat harvest were represented as two loaves of bread. (Lev 23:17) Some commentators believe that this represents both Jews and Gentiles being brought together as one in the church. (Eph 2:14)


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