Okay people, it is week two of our read through the Bible in 40 days campaign! I hope you are getting as much out of it as I am. I am looking forward to talking to my group this evening about what I’ve read. Please find a group of people to hang out with that will be willing to do the same!
Today I was impacted by the passage in Acts 2. Here’s the part that struck me most. When Jesus came, He provided salvation to those who believed as well as unity. To explain that, let’s go to the passage:
“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language.” Acts 2:2-6
Okay, now that we are all sufficiently weirded out, let me explain. This was the early church and Jesus had just ascended into heaven. I know…still weird. The point was that Jesus had left the disciples and then went to be in heaven with God. When He left, He left the Holy Spirit as a helper. Without getting into too much explanation, the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity. One God in three persons. Don’t over think that last point, let’s just keep moving. The Holy Spirit was left to help guide the Church on this new mission that Jesus had left them which is to “be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
My favorite part of this verse is the response of the people that were listening.
“They were amazed and astonished, saying, “Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born?” Acts 2:7-8
So the disciples were to be about the business of being witnesses but they were all from different backgrounds and cultures. How were they to communicate? The Holy Spirit fixed that issue, at least temporarily. I really don’t want to get into the issues that surround the whole “speaking in tongues” movement, I simply want to point out one thing, God allowed them to hear one another and unite them so that they would all be on the same page and go about the business of being witnesses.
It was almost as if, God was undoing what was done in Genesis 11 at the Tower of Babel. There, He confused the people and their languages so that they would not perpetrate a greater evil. Instead, God unites them in language for a period of time so that they could accomplish the greatest good they would ever take part in. The great news that Jesus came to save humanity and that He was back from the dead! This offer of salvation was free and by grace alone through faith alone. This is AMAZING news people!!!
I think we could all take a few moments to consider this in our own lives. Am I taking part in Jesus’ plan by focusing on being a witness to my neighbors, Facebook friends and family? Or, am I getting distracted by politics, personal agendas and being right? What would we have to do as the family of God, to make Jesus our priority instead of being heard? How can we unite under the common language of love and deeply impact a hurting people group, nation and world? Something to consider for this week.