Each of us have a birthday, a day we celebrate the gift of life God has given us. It is a time to celebrate and enjoy, oftentimes in the presence of family and friends. Whatever day your birthday is, whether you are 9 or 90, it is somewhat of a sacred day to you - it is etched into your memory like no other. It is your day.
Today is a significant day in the life of the church, it is Pentecost Sunday, and if the New Testament church has a birthday, well this is it! Unlike our birthdays which are the same day every year, Pentecost Sunday is always 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus, 10 days after his ascension. It marks the day the believers received the promised Holy Spirit, spoke in tongues, and Peter delivering a power house sermon resulting in 3000 people receiving salvation and the church of Jesus Christ being born. It was an exciting time of growth, formation and new beginnings.
The life and ministry of Jesus from start to finish was empowered by the Holy Spirit. Mary conceived Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35), at his baptism the Spirit descended upon Him, strengthening Him for the road ahead (Mark 1:10). Upon foretelling His death, Jesus comforts his disciples by telling them that the Spirit of truth, another advocate will be given to them by the Father (John 14:16-17). Following further instructions from Jesus after his resurrection, the disciples patiently waited for this monumental day we read all about in Acts 2.
Amazingly, the very same Holy Spirit that inhabited Jesus during His birth, life, death, resurrection and filled His followers at Pentecost in Acts 2 is the same Holy Spirit that dwells in the lives and hearts of believers today - that includes you and I! What a profound and mysterious thought this is! This morning, in the context of our current series ‘The Message of Jesus’ I look forward to marking this special occasion by exploring what Jesus said about the role and ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer.