We read about it in Acts 2 — the house where the disciples were meeting was filled with a violent wind as fire fell from heaven to earth.
Before the 70’s band, we had the actual event — Earth, Wind and Fire: Pentecost.
Pentecost. It’s a biblical word that means “50” which finds its roots in Leviticus. For followers of Jesus, it’s a huge day as Jesus sends what the Father has promised: the Holy Spirit. Why? To cleanse, fill and send. We are called to spread the Gospel yet clearly instructed not to do it on our own — it is the Spirit that empowers us to go and do the will of the Lord. The Father sent the Son, the Son has Risen, the Spirit has come. And His arrival is marked by a violent wind (Greek=pneuma) and tongues of fire that separate and land on everyone’s heads.
What’s the big deal?
Look at the results. Peter and the others head out to the crowd that has gathered and start preaching. It’s the first Spirit-filled Gospel message after the Resurrection of Christ, so this pie is still hot. They preach, the Spirit has filled and continues to move, and thousands of people come to Faith. This is the pattern for today, even now, as the Father reigns, the Son is still risen (indeed), and the Spirit is still moving, rushing like a wind and burning like a fire. We mark Pentecost this Sunday, and do so not just for the purpose of reliving a historical event; we look at what happened and pray that the Spirit would move again in us. In you. In me. We’re on a mission, and we dare not attempt it without the Spirit’s power. How can do you do Spiritual work without the fuel of the Holy Spirit? It’s like getting into your car, reaching for your keys and realizing that you left them in the house. You’re not going anywhere because even though all the critical parts are there (fuel, engine, wheels, transmission), there’s no spark. To do the work of the Lord, we need the spark. Otherwise, we’re stuck in the driveway, walking around a still car, whistling, kicking the tires and watching sheet metal rust.
We need the spark.
Our church needs the spark.
I need the spark.