Forty days after the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, His Disciples watched Him ascend into the heavens.  They stood there amazed and perplexed, wondering what was going to happen next. Jesus had told them to wait in Jerusalem and they would receive the gift the Father promised.  That gift was that in a few days they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit.  While waiting, they took care of business by adding to their number Matthias, since Judas had killed himself. 

  Now, it is the DAY OF PENTECOST.  The Apostles are suddenly overwhelmed, filled with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit enables them to speak in foreign languages, so that all the people gathered there understood in their own language.  The Apostles are divinely guided to speak God’s truth to the people.  The Apostle Peter, representing the twelve, preached the first full gospel sermon.  Everything had been fulfilled: Jesus the Messiah had come,  lived a perfect life, killed as the perfect sacrifice, resurrected from the dead, ascended back to heaven, and now, has completed His purpose by sending back the Holy Spirit.  God speaking through the Apostle Peter tells the Jews gathered, that they had killed the Messiah, God’s Son.    
The Holy Spirit inspired message convicted many of the Jews and they asked, “What shall we do?”  Do for what?  Of course, do to get back in the good graces of God, do to be forgiven. 

  For the first time in all of history, through the Holy Spirit inspired Apostles, the divine answer was given. “Repent, and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  Acts 2:38   3000 people accepted what was said and were baptized.  “And the Lord added to the Church daily such as should be saved.”  Acts 2:47   

  What is Pentecost?  IT IS THE BIRTHDAY OF THE CHURCH.  It is the coming of the Holy Spirit to guide the Apostles in God’s truth.  Pentecost is the missing link which fulfills all that God was seeking to do.  It is the fulfillment of Jesus’ commitment when He said, “I will build My Church”  The church was built by Him on the Day of Pentecost.   The church belongs to Jesus.  You can’t join the church, you  can only join Jesus and He adds you to His body, the Church.  God’s action is through His people, the Christians.

  Some years ago, King George was to broadcast a speech to all North America over 59 radio stations, and the current for this event was to flow through one set of wires energized by one generator.  Just before the message was to begin. some one tripped over the wire and broke it.  Harold Vivian, chief control operator, grasped the broken ends and for twenty minutes, literally spliced them with his body, so the message would go through.

The King of Kings, our Lord Jesus Christ, has a message for all the world, but the wires between God and man must be spliced by Christian people as they testify for Him.  This is the business of the church.
                   Rise up Church and share God’s truth in love. 

2 Responses to “THE MISSING LINK”

  1. Thanks for the reminder that the church was born on Pentecost which was a day of first fruits to the Jews. How wonderful that the first fruits of the Gospel came on that day when 3000 were baptized. They were followers of Christ and they were the first CHRISTIANS. It was also the first day of the week which came to be known as The LORD’ S DAY and it is still called by that name today. We honor the RISEN CHRIST by worshiping HIM every first day of the week. What a glorious day to remember HIM on that day as new CHRISTIANS are being born on that day.and on other days as well. Christians! Awake to the call to make more Christians. The reward of eternal life is worth all our efforts.

  2. I am so glad that God gave us his Holy Spirit to indwell us after Christ was taken up to heaven. I shutter to think what we would be like without the Holy Spirit. I pray that we will let the Spirit live in us and, in turn, show the world what it is like to be like Jesus. Oh, I fail so often, but we must never give up, and we must continually be transformed more and more into His likeness. Thank you for your wonderful words of wisdom.

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