Welcome to our new series called, #50DaystoPentecost. Pentecost this year occurs on May 24th and started on Easter morning April 5th. So for the next forty-seven posts, I will write about Pentecost and this amazing Easter Bargain we received. We are going to learn some pretty amazing stuff. But first, how did it all begin?
Why was it so important?
Pentecost started way back in ancient Israel.
“Pentēkostē [hēmera], “the fiftieth [day]”) is the Greek name for the Feast of Weeks, a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai.”
Quoted from Wikipedia.
In the Old Covenant, or Old Testament, Pentecost was celebrated because that was the day when God gave Moses the stone tablets with the Ten Commandments on them. He gave them the “Law”. The Law was meted out by Moses and Aaron and then the Levite family were appointed as the priests to keep everyone educated and instructed in the Law. “Covenant” also means promise. God promised that if they kept the Law, He’d take good care of them and they would be in fellowship with Him.
“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and be there; and I will give you tablets of stone, and the law and commandments which I have written, that you may teach them.” Exodus 24:12
It was not an impossible feat to carry out the Law for the Jews, but it was much more difficult than the New Law. One of the first things they had to do was circumcise the men. It was a very physical statute. They had to tithe and eat only certain meats. Also, they had their Holy Spirit upon them upon a condition. Look at King Saul, and how he stepped out of fellowship with God and lost his Holy Spirit. Or Adam and Eve when they were kicked out of the Garden of Eden. They didn’t die physically, but they did lose their access and connection with God one-on-one.
Even back then, things got much more difficult when you were out of fellowship with God.
Should it surprise us that God brought down a NEW law on the Day of Pentecost that the apostles saw? A new promise? A new Covenant/Testament?
Hmmm….then why doesn’t our Bible start the New Testament where the New Testament begins in Acts 1? Hey, don’t get mad, I’m just curious by nature and ask a lot of questions.
Was being born-again with eternal life available to anyone prior to the end of that fifty days after Jesus Christ’s resurrection?
No. Because the gift of eternal life, holy spirit and all the nine manifestations had not been poured out yet. Not until the Day of Pentecost. So…was Jesus able to get people born-again while he was on the earth in his ministry? No. It was not available yet. God had not made the new covenant with His children. Let’s see how Jesus explained being born-again to a Pharisee, someone steeped in the traditions of the Old LAW.
1 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”
10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?
11 “Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. 12 “If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, [that is], the Son of Man who is in heaven. 14 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
21 “But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” John 3:1-21 NKJV
Jesus asked him, HOW COULD YOU NOT KNOW THIS? I’m sure he was balking at him too. Nicodemus was a religious leader and teacher who was supposed to be helping others understand it, but he didn’t know. Do you see how bad things in Israel had become? Even their own supposed teachers were blind. They became the blind leading the blind.
Something is still nagging at me.
How did Jesus know about being born again, if it was not available yet? He studied the scrolls and old testament about himself. The prophets of old had Holy Spirit, that was no mystery. But, I’ve never heard a read a better way to describe how it happens then that record.
So what was the big surprise? What is the big mystery?
Come back tomorrow and we’ll explore it. Till then,
God Bless You Today!