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Daily Devotionals

Day 14 – Issue 15

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Be Still Know

Acts 2:2 NLT

‘Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting.’

Jesus began his public ministry reading from the prophet Isaiah and announcing that the year of Jubilee had arrived. Pentecost, in the Jewish calendar, was the feast of the harvest celebrated seven weeks (49 days) after the second day of Passover. It was therefore on the 50th day, just as the Jubilee was every 50 years. It was also where a free will offering was required. As the disciples waited in the upper room in obedience to Jesus they did so of their own free will. The spirit descended in response to their freely given obedience and availability.

Some call this the day the birth of the Church. Yet, it’s much more. It’s the final piece in Jesus’ mission, calling into being and empowering a community to carry the gospel to all peoples. He’d gathered the 12 apostles, symbolic of the 12 tribes of Israel, its importance recognised with the appointed replacement for Judas while waiting for Pentecost. Jesus had then commissioned the 70 to go out to gather in the harvest, 70 (or 72) being symbolic of all the people groups in the world. The gospel is for all.

At the Last Supper, Jesus introduced the new covenant of his body and blood, before himself becoming the sacrificial lamb crucified, risen and ascended, throwing open God’s eternal door of mercy. The spirit was God-given, and came as tongues of fire, symbolic of God’s leading of his people through the wilderness into the Promised Land, and now the permanent means by which redeemed humanity might retain communication with the God of eternity. Each of the apostles spoke in a God-inspired language, yet each language was comprehensible to the quickly gathering crowd. Church was now established as both a gathered and a missional community, a source of God’s presence and a community with a mission to share God’s life.

Pentecost today reminds us of the significance and importance of Church as a gathered community. Of its calling, albeit in different forms, to be a place of worship and encounter, a dwelling space for the presence of God. It also renews our responsibility to freely offer ourselves to God’s work of mission, wherever life finds us.

QUESTION: Yesterday we concluded our nine days of Novena. Will you ask God’s spirit to continue to fill you as we move on from Pentecost?

PRAYER: Refreshed by God’s spirit we recall all those we’ve prayed for in this Novena and continue to carry them to you, Father, in prayer. Empowered afresh by God’s spirit, let me be active in your service.

Written by: Matt Weet

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