Readings for the Day of Pentecost
John 15:26-27 & 16:4b-15; Acts 2:1-21; Ezekiel 37:1-14
The Christian festival of Pentecost has its roots in an Old Testament feast (The Feast of Weeks) celebrating God’s Law given to Moses and the Israelites at Mount Sinai. It took on a whole new significance when, in A.D. 33, the Holy Spirit descended in dramatic fashion on the apostles in Jerusalem (Acts 2). In stark contrast to God’s Sinai Law which reveals our sin, the “mighty deeds” of Jesus Christ that the Church began preaching at Pentecost tell of God’s solution for our sin.
Even the Old Testament prophets needed a Word from the Holy Spirit before they could speak (Ezek 37). By this same Spirit, the apostles were inspired to write down their testimonies in what we now call the New Testament. Through this inspired Word, the Holy Spirit still guides His Church and points all people to Christ – just as our Lord promised (John 16).