Wednesday, October 5, 2022

The Gospel Is for Everyone

“After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.” (Revelation 7:9 NLT)

When you’re about to drive somewhere, you get into your car, start it, put it in gear, and you’re on your way. You don’t keep turning the ignition again and again once the car has started.

In the same way, the Day of Pentecost was like an explosion that set the Church in motion. It was a one-time event, but there are many things we can learn as followers of Jesus from what happened on this important day.

Acts 2 tells us that “on the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability” (verses 1–4 NLT).

We never read of the phenomena that happened on the Day of Pentecost happening again, such as the mighty rushing wind and the flames of fire on the heads of the apostles. These were special, one-off occurrences.

People from around the world were gathered in Jerusalem, representing many languages. And then the outpouring of the Spirit took place on the Day of Pentecost. Everyone heard God glorified in their language.

The people there were just like us. They had no earthly power, no money, no political authority, and no status. But they had Jesus, and Jesus had them. And God was about to change the world with this group of 120 people who had gathered together in His name.

What happened on the Day of Pentecost serves as a reminder that the gospel is for all people, tribes, and languages. The gospel is for everyone.

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