Prayer: Let your Word shine in my life, O God. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Help and salvation now!
21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
One of my favorite peeves! Our devotion writer relates when one calls customer service and a recording that tells you that they are experiencing high call volumes and delays may be experienced. I think many follow the same guidebook, or use the same answering service. I am frustrated often that I waste more time qualifying myself and navigating the automated operator than getting the information I am requesting. I recall one time that by the time the real person answered, I had forgotten the reason I was calling. (Yes, it was important too.) When I call a vendor for assistance I dread the experience of hopelessness and/or frustration.
So, Peter was preaching to the crowd on that first Pentecost. He assured them they were not drunk and everyone was experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit as the disciples spoke in foreign languages, or they were heard in the hearers own language—God was telling them that He has sent His only Son to earth. He had been crucified, died, and resurrected. Prophecy has been fulfilled:
17 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.
Oh, the excitement! The Glory! I still get chills thinking of my mind’s picture of that day of Pentecost. Like a dam bursting or a pot overflowing…you can’t stop it as the Spirit erupts and spreads across the land. With a message of forgiveness and mercy, even for those who have rejected Jesus before.
This is good news! What’s more, we don’t have to navigate any answering service when calling God. We don’t even need a phone! But when the news is bad…when we are in pain, or lonely, or when we have sinned miserably, God can be reached any time and “He always answers with the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
Prayer: “God, source of salvation, help us to call upon you with honesty and trust. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
Peter Addresses the Crowd
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. 18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. 19 And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. 20 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. 21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’