Today’s Reading: Acts 1-3
Today’s Reflection:Acts 2:1-4
1) When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2) And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3) And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
After Jesus resurrection and ascension the apostles gathered together in an upper room. They selected a disciple to replace the deceased Judas (Acts 1:23-26) and they came together with other disciples, in one accord, praying and waiting for the gift Jesus had spoken of:
Acts 1:8 – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
With this outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the apostles, the Gospel was preached in every tongue and language known in Judea. Many people for the first time heard Jesus preached in their native tongue. And while some doubted what they were hearing (Acts 2:13), as a result 3,000 people were converted and baptized into Christ.
And the key to the release of this power? Four simple words: they were all together.
Remember the last time all of the apostles were together before this? The last supper. Arguing over who among them would be the greatest; boasting of who had the greatest faith when none would stand by Jesus when He was arrested. But now, this was different. After Jesus death and resurrection, even though they were still far from perfect, the apostles understood the importance of unity, of coming together and working through their disagreement and struggles, of submitting to one another for the sake of the Gospel. And as a result, the apostles received power. The power to spread the Gospel throughout the world starting from that day.
The work of the Gospel is a social work, a reconciliatory work, a restorative and healing work. It’s about bringing God and mankind back together, but also about bringing us back into relationship with each other. Unity among God’s people is not an optional thing—it is a sign that God is truly at work among His people.
John 13:34-35 – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Romans 13:8 – Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Christians have allowed denominational divisions and even rifts within congregations to keep us apart from each other, but as the body of Christ each of us should seek to be at harmony with other believers. We don’t have to agree on everything, but should be willing to respectfully share our differences in belief and understanding—because iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17). It is in coming together that we can grow from what we hear, and support the growth of others by what we share. And as we come together, forgetting everything else but the lord and saviour who sanctifies and unifies us, God will pour His power out upon us.
2 Chronicles 16:9a – For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.