First Things First

First Things First

This Sunday in the Christian calendar is Pentecost Sunday. It is so important to remember this event; the beginning and birth of the church.

What was significant was that people who were once filled with fear suddenly became very bold. From that day they would be witnesses to the world that Jesus Christ died on a cross and was resurrected. They would spend the rest of their lives witnessing that event. 

In fact, Jesus’s instruction to them was to wait in Jerusalem where they would receive this power called the Holy Spirit which would transform them from that fear to boldness.

Although that is a great significant moment we need to take a step back first. Before we can experience the power of the Holy Spirit we, first of all, need to encounter a living Jesus Christ.

For example, I am hopefully having a new shed delivered for my garden. That shed will come in pieces and therefore I need someone to construct the shed as hammers and I don’t actually go hand in hand if you see what I mean! So my friend came out and he first looked at what the shed will stand on as this is the one thing that is more important than all the pieces of the shed. Why? He had to be satisfied the shed is on a solid foundation. The air cannot support the weight of the shed. The shed will start to fall unless it has a solid foundation to support it.

That is true of Pentecost. We need to have a solid foundation and that is Jesus. Jesus called Himself just that and it is the reason He came. He came to bring us back to God and once we accept that offer God graciously offers us the Holy Spirit to come inside and we can experience the same transforming power that the disciples did on that Pentecost morning.

I leave you with a famous verse, one that will start you on your journey if you adhere to what it says. 

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.

John 3:16 The Message

Stay safe and Blessed today especially as restrictions are lifted. Let us act sensibly.

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