“Is there any greater news than the Good News?” – Lailah Gifty Akita
Just before ascending to the Father, Jesus told His disciples not to leave Jerusalem until they’d received “power from on high,” which He promised to send them. On the day of Pentecost, He kept His promise and sent the Holy Spirit – and fulfilled the words of the prophet Joel.
That day, religious Jews from around the world heard Jesus’ disciples sharing the news of His Resurrection… each in their own tongues. Cultural diversity on full display, and beautifully preserved. What did the power of the Holy Spirit mean to them on that day? What role did the Spirit play in beginning the organized Christian church? How did the disciples create a system for leadership? And what did they say to religious leaders who punished them as blasphemers?
As the 21st-century church ponders how to best fulfil Jesus’ instructions in pandemic times and beyond, to what better model could we look than Jesus’ first followers?