“”So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah”… Those who believed what Peter said were baptised and added to the church that day-about 3,000 in all.”
Yesterday marked our anniversary of the baptism and gift of the Holy Spirit for the disciples, 40 days after the resurrection of Christ in around 30 AD. It is a time when we celebrate God’s promise of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter and Helper, who was given to humanity to further extend the Kingdom of God and to reveal Jesus Christ to searching hearts. It is a time when we see the Trinity in all its fullness and power and discover the person of the Holy Spirit through His mighty acts, as recorded in this wonderful book.
Yet for Peter and the disciples awaiting the gift of the Holy Spirit in the upper room in Jerusalem, it was not only a life changing experience but a ministry defining moment when the Holy Spirit was finally given on the day of Pentecost in the form of tongues of fire. He empowered the disciples to live in all the fulness God had intended for them and even in areas of their lives that they didn’t even realise they had gifting in.
None more so than Peter the Apostle. Just a few months prior to the baptism of the Holy Spirit, Peter, who had walked so closely with Jesus, denied he ever knew Him as Jesus was facing trial by the High Priest and Pharisees. Yet through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, the same Peter boldly proclaimed the message of Christ and 3000 people were added to the faith in one day.
This is a timely message for all believers across the world. In and of ourselves we can do nothing. Yet with the empowerment of the person of the Holy Spirit, we can proclaim the message of Salvation to the lost and liberty for those broken hearted and captive to sin. We must be filled daily with the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.