Acts 2:4 – All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.


For all of our interest in charismatic phenomena, it’s very interesting that Luke says so little about what actually happened at Pentecost: just a few verses in fact about the sound like violent wind and tongues of fire resting on each one. One suspects the reason for this lack of detail is because Luke’s interest is not so much in the pyrotechnics of spiritual manifestations but rather in the transformation that such events bring: the empowerment of the disciples by the Holy Spirit. And what is significant to note is that the hallmark of Pentecost is power unto speech. As strange and unusual as tongues are, and a means of provoking interest, their purpose here is not a manifestation for the sake of a manifestation, but rather a declaration of the great and mighty deeds of God (v11). Which is why we must see Easter, Ascension and Pentecost not as three unrelated events but as part of one story. The coming of the Spirit is all about Jesus.


Prayer: Lord, I love it when things happen in church. But help us always to channel that enthusiasm towards you, our great and mighty God.