This Sunday the Christian Church celebrates Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the disciples. This happens 10 days after Jesus’ ascension into heaven. The first reading for series C is Acts 2:1-21, which describes the activity of the Spirit and Peter’s introduction to what is happening.
Certainly the Holy Spirit’s work on that day is miraculous and a display of God’s power to overcome even the language barriers erected in Genesis 11. But what is lost sight of in this celebration is that this event inaugurates the end times. Peter begins in Acts 1:16-17:
Rather, this is what the prophet Joel spoke about:
‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour my Spirit on everyone.
The urgency of the first Pentecost was the recognition that “time was short!” Thus, proclaiming Jesus Christ as Savior, Redeemer receives first priority in the lives and words of the disciples.
Have we lost that urgency? Perhaps we in the western world are more inclined to this malady; we move about as if there is no urgency in speaking about Jesus. What about you? Your congregation? Your church body?
As we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit this Sunday, let us also reclaim that end times urgency of proclaiming “Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2).