Posted by Rev. Jon Dunbar

Readings for the Day of Pentecost

     John 14:23-31; Acts 2:1-21; Genesis 11:1-9

Q: What does the Holy Spirit do for you?  A:  He opens your heart so that Jesus can come in, and He opens your mouth so that Jesus can come out.

     Long ago, God confused the language of the earth. This can be understood in two ways. First, it was an act of judgement on their believing they were greater than God. Second, it was an act of mercy, because power without humility will lead to disaster (Gen 11).

     Fast forward to the day of Pentecost when God pulled a reverse Babel, opening the mouths of the apostles to proclaim the mighty deeds of God in every known language. Notice the difference. No longer are people building a tower for themselves. They are calling on the name of the LORD to be saved (Acts 2)!

     Jesus promises the Holy Spirit to his disciples, calling him “The Helper”. His help will be to keep Jesus’ words in the forefront of their minds and flowing from their lips as God advances His mission (John 14).