This year, after Easter, I tried to blog a post here everyday for the fifty days. I have hit almost every day over this period. I wanted to honor the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost, Sunday May 24th. Pentecost is the birthday of the church of God.Pentecost used to be called the Feast of the Harvest. It was a celebration of new beginnings! I can’t think of a more appropriate sentiment for the birth of the Church.
Why did God’s People Need a New Beginning?
For four hundred years before the birth of Jesus Christ there had not a light in Israel. There were no prophets. Evil spread into the temple and to all the pharisees. There was not one prophet who could speak for him. Look at John the Baptist’s dad, Zacharias. He was a priest in the temple. God sent Gabriel to tell him that he and his wife would bear a son. Zacharias questioned and doubted the angel. AN ANGEL! Because of his unbelief Zacharias was struck mute until the baby was born. Wow!
Israel needed a light!
That light was Jesus Christ. We have no idea the billions of souls that have been changed because of that one man. He was a man. A man who lived a life in fellowship with God the creator of all men. Thank God for Jesus Christ too, because God had bigger plans for all mankind.
“And he (Jesus Christ) is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled” Colossians 1:18:21
Reconcile? What does that mean?
Reconcile is translated from the Greek word, apokatallassō which is a verb.
It literally means to:
bring back a former state of harmony.
to reconcile completely.
What former state of harmony did we have, that we lost?
When Adam and Eve were created they had body, soul and spirit. When they were kicked out of the Garden of Eden they did not die physically, so what happened? They lost their connection to God which is Holy Spirit. They had to live without it. And from then on, the people of the world had to earn, through works, their connection. On the Day of Pentecost we received the gift of Holy Spirit which gave it to us permanently when we believe Romans 10:9-10. We got this gift by grace. It cannot be ripped, tricked or tempted out of us. It’s there forever. Do you know what that means? We have sealed the Devil’s fate! He will never again have the complete authority in this world. We have it. Now we just have to learn how to use it!
I hope your Sunday is full and you take a moment to thank God for all He did on that day over two thousand years ago.
God bless you today!