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The promise of the Holy Spirit fulfilled

Acts 2:1-11

Pastor David Ernst

Pentecost
Epiphany Lutheran Mission of La Caramuca  
Barinas, Venezuela


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Sun, Jun 4, 2017 

Grace and peace in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thus began the mission of the church. All believers were gathered together in Jerusalem according to the command of the Lord to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit in power. What happened?

"And as the days of Pentecost were fulfilled, they were all togerhter with one accord; And suddenly there came a roar of heaven, as of a mighty wind that blew, which filled all the house where they were sitting; And there appeared to them tongues divided, as of fire, which sat upon each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. "

What did they talk about? Of the good news of Jesus Christ, but in tongues they did not know. They were not highly educated people. Further:

"Now there dwelt in Jerusalem Jews, religious men, of all nations under heaven. And when the noise was heard, the multitude gathered together; And they were confounded, for every one heard them speaking their own tongue. And they were astonished and astonished, saying, Behold, are not these Galileans all that speak? How then do we hear them speak each one in our language in which we are born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and dwellers in Mesopotamia, in Judea and in Cappadocia, in Pontus and in Asia, in Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Africa that are on the other side of Cyrene; citizens of Rome, both Jews and converts, Cretans and Arabs, we hear them speak in our tongues the wonders of God. "

Jews by birth and proselytes, that is, people converted to Judaism, came to Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost. Pentecost in Greek means the fiftieth, the fiftieth day of the Passover. Also for us this day is the fiftieth day after Easter.

But for us, the Passover signifies the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For the Jews, the Passover was the day they remembered the night of the last plague that struck the land of Egypt before the Exodus of the Israelite people from slavery. God sent Moses to command Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, to free the people. With nine plagues God struck the Egyptians, and with the last, Pharaoh released the Israelites. The tenth plague was the death of the firstborn of Egypt, but the angel of death passed over the houses of Israel because they sacrificed a lamb without blemish and painted their gates with its blood according to the command of God.

And according to the tradition of the Israelites, 50 days later they arrived at Mount Sinai and God gave Moses His Law. At that time of the church, the Jews were scattered everywhere around the Mediterranean Sea and grew up speaking different languages. However, on that day they heard the Word of God each in the language of their native place.

The verses that follow say St. Peter preached a long sermon on Jesus Christ as He fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies and rose again on the third day to gain the promise of eternal life for us. And three thousand people were baptized on the same day. That was th the greatest miracle of that day. It was not the common people speaking in other tongues or the sound of a strong wind or tongues of fire, but the Holy Spirit acting as it does today, in preaching and administering of baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

After that, Peter preached in the portico of the Temple in Jerusalem, and five thousand men were baptized in that day. However, in chapter 18 of Acts, we read that St. Paul, on his second missionary journey, St. Paul stayed in the city of Corinth for a year and six months. Paul wrote in his first letter to the Corinthians that he did not baptize many people. Then Paul stayed in the city of Ephesus for two or three years and did not baptize thousands.

On the day of Pentecost and when Peter preached on the porch of the Temple, he preached to people well prepared to receive the Gospel of Christ. For this reason, God separated the people of Israel and through the Scriptures taught them of their plan of salvation. But people elsewhere, from other cultures, needed more instruction.

This instruction was also the work of the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit is active in preaching if it acts as a strong wind or gentle breeze. The presence of the Holy Spirit does not depend on the manifestations of great power, but only on His promise. Therefore, we do not always look for miracles or signs, only continue in the preaching of the Word and the administration of the sacraments.

In our Old Testament reading (Joel 2: 28-32), Joel prophesied the shedding of the Holy Spirit upon the church, but also prophesied "wonders in heaven and on earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and We celebrate the sacrament, we not only remember the sacrifice of the Lord, we also anticipate his return in glory. And this is the purpose of preaching, to call people to repentance, and baptism, to seal them as children of God, and instruction to bring them to the sacrament. In this way, we remain in the faith, with the help of the Holy Spirit, before the glorious day of the Lord. That is why we have peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.

Grace and peace in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thus began the mission of the church. All believers were gathered together in Jerusalem according to the command of the Lord to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit in power. What happened?

"And as the days of Pentecost were fulfilled, they were all togerhter with one accord; And suddenly there came a roar of heaven, as of a mighty wind that blew, which filled all the house where they were sitting; And there appeared to them tongues divided, as of fire, which sat upon each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. "

What did they talk about? Of the good news of Jesus Christ, but in tongues they did not know. They were not highly educated people. Further:

"Now there dwelt in Jerusalem Jews, religious men, of all nations under heaven. And when the noise was heard, the multitude gathered together; And they were confounded, for every one heard them speaking their own tongue. And they were astonished and astonished, saying, Behold, are not these Galileans all that speak? How then do we hear them speak each one in our language in which we are born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and dwellers in Mesopotamia, in Judea and in Cappadocia, in Pontus and in Asia, in Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Africa that are on the other side of Cyrene; citizens of Rome, both Jews and converts, Cretans and Arabs, we hear them speak in our tongues the wonders of God. "

Jews by birth and proselytes, that is, people converted to Judaism, came to Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost. Pentecost in Greek means the fiftieth, the fiftieth day of the Passover. Also for us this day is the fiftieth day after Easter.

But for us, the Passover signifies the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For the Jews, the Passover was the day they remembered the night of the last plague that struck the land of Egypt before the Exodus of the Israelite people from slavery. God sent Moses to command Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, to free the people. With nine plagues God struck the Egyptians, and with the last, Pharaoh released the Israelites. The tenth plague was the death of the firstborn of Egypt, but the angel of death passed over the houses of Israel because they sacrificed a lamb without blemish and painted their gates with its blood according to the command of God.

And according to the tradition of the Israelites, 50 days later they arrived at Mount Sinai and God gave Moses His Law. At that time of the church, the Jews were scattered everywhere around the Mediterranean Sea and grew up speaking different languages. However, on that day they heard the Word of God each in the language of their native place.

The verses that follow say St. Peter preached a long sermon on Jesus Christ as He fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies and rose again on the third day to gain the promise of eternal life for us. And three thousand people were baptized on the same day. That was th the greatest miracle of that day. It was not the common people speaking in other tongues or the sound of a strong wind or tongues of fire, but the Holy Spirit acting as it does today, in preaching and administering of baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

After that, Peter preached in the portico of the Temple in Jerusalem, and five thousand men were baptized in that day. However, in chapter 18 of Acts, we read that St. Paul, on his second missionary journey, St. Paul stayed in the city of Corinth for a year and six months. Paul wrote in his first letter to the Corinthians that he did not baptize many people. Then Paul stayed in the city of Ephesus for two or three years and did not baptize thousands.

On the day of Pentecost and when Peter preached on the porch of the Temple, he preached to people well prepared to receive the Gospel of Christ. For this reason, God separated the people of Israel and through the Scriptures taught them of their plan of salvation. But people elsewhere, from other cultures, needed more instruction.

This instruction was also the work of the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit is active in preaching if it acts as a strong wind or gentle breeze. The presence of the Holy Spirit does not depend on the manifestations of great power, but only on His promise. Therefore, we do not always look for miracles or signs, only continue in the preaching of the Word and the administration of the sacraments.

In our Old Testament reading (Joel 2: 28-32), Joel prophesied the shedding of the Holy Spirit upon the church, but also prophesied "wonders in heaven and on earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and We celebrate the sacrament, we not only remember the sacrifice of the Lord, we also anticipate his return in glory. And this is the purpose of preaching, to call people to repentance, and baptism, to seal them as children of God, and instruction to bring them to the sacrament. In this way, we remain in the faith, with the help of the Holy Spirit, before the glorious day of the Lord. That is why we have peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.





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