Fifty days after Jesus rose from the dead the Holy Spirit was sent to fill his disciples. Pentecost marks the beginning of a new age, a Spirit filled age. By the indwelling of the Spirit, disciples of Christ are empowered with the very presence of God to carry out the purposes of God; namely, to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people of all nations.
Pentecost is all about God the Holy Spirit descending down in fire and smoke and thunder! In fact, throughout the Old Testament, God descends down in fire and smoke and thunder? But in the New Testament, where is the fire, smoke and thunder? What does that have to do with us today?
The first page of the Bible tells us we were created to reign. The last page says we will reign forever with God. But what about all those pages between? What do we do here and now?
It happens time and time again, people receive great works from God only to turn and reject his word. We see this in Acts 8, where the people of Lystra receive a great miracle performed by Paul, yet turn and stone him for his words. The word of God is not always an easy word to hear and receive, and yet it is the only word that brings healing and wholeness to a broken world and broken lives.