Today We Commemorate The Original Day Of Pentecost!
It’s Pentecost Sunday, May 20, 2018, today will be "acknowledged" by some and “observed” by many other Christian denominations and groups, Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal. Today many churches will commemorate the original Day of Pentecost that occurred fifty days after the resurrection of Christ.
When the Holy Spirit was poured out upon 120 disciples who was (all nations) present and awaiting the fulfillment of "Jesus Prophecy" in a place called the upper room. "You shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now” (Acts 1:5). The Holy Spirit has come to energize us with fire to prepare us for the works of God. God has called us to the miraculous and we need the power of Holy Spirit to make this happen!
The Day of Pentecost is a feast day of the Church. It takes place fifty days after Easter and is the culmination of what we celebrate the resurrection. During biblical times, on this day Jews came from all over to Jerusalem for the Festival of Weeks.
It was originally an agricultural festival celebrating the spring harvest. In Acts 2, which so many relate to Pentecost, the disciples and many other followers of Jesus are present as the room fills with sound and then wind. Jesus’ followers begin to proclaim God’s mighty acts in many different languages that all those gathered can understand.
They have received what Jesus had promised—the necessary and powerful gift of the Holy Spirit. It is a dramatic event that signals a change from the early Church hiding in fear, to the Church asking for the power to speak boldly about the goodness of God that comes through Jesus the Christ (Acts 4:29).
Modernly, on this Sunday the Church is dressed in bright red as a symbol of the fire of the Holy Spirit. Some congregations even inflate red balloons to symbolize the birth of the Christian Church. Another way to visually portray the coming of the Holy Spirit and the gifts she brings is to line up seven red candles. Each candle then represents a gift of the Spirit.