Acts 2:17-18 – “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.’”
The church that was birthed at Pentecost was not a replacement for Israel but rather the fulfilment of Israel’s story. Throughout Luke’s gospel, from Jesus’ first sermon at Nazareth (Luke 4:14-21), all the way to his homily with the Emmaus disciples (Luke 24:13-35), we are consistently reminded that our Christian faith is not starting from a blank sheet of paper but resonates very deeply with the sacred scriptures. And even here, at Pentecost, with the wind rushing round the room and tongues of fire settling on each disciple, Peter is at pains to show that even this is in accord with the ancient prophets. This, which you see, is ‘that’ which Joel prophesied, says the apostle. But what it represents is something quite unprecedented in the story thus far: the Spirit coming not just to the higher echelons but to all flesh. In this sense, Pentecost is a new dawn, albeit one that was anticipated for hundreds of years.
Prayer: Thank you Lord that your story with your people is one of faithfulness to your promises. Yes and Amen.