Can we do without Pentecost ?



 

Let me ask you a question. Please give it some serious consideration. The question is this: If we had to forego the celebration of either Christmas, or Good Friday, or Easter Sunday or Pentecost, which one would seem the least crucial? … Take your time.


Here’s a little insight into how people today view that question. If you are in a church for Pentecost, look around you! Congregations just like Christmas and Easter? I think not!


Looking back I was blessed to preside at several services during Christmas 2021, and Easter 2022. Nearly all of those services had relatively full churches. Now, what about today? Get the idea?


Most of us would have a tough time picturing a year with no Christmas, no Good Friday, no Easter Sunday and so many would probably answer my opening question with something like,“Well, if I must choose, I can do without Pentecost.” <PAUSE>


Can we do without Pentecost - Absolutely not!


When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak. (Acts 2:1-4)


The bottom line here is that without Pentecost the other three great feast would not be celebrated at all!


There could not have been a Good Friday without the advent of Christ’s coming which we celebrate at Christmas.


Good Friday would have been a meaningless death without the victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ which we celebrate on Easter Day.


But it is Pentecost that enables US to receive the gift of faith by which you and I can know that the birth, the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ ARE ALL FOR US!


Jesus was not finished when He rose from the dead and ascended to be glorified.


Jesus came back to give the greatest gift of all — the gift of His own Spirit to live WITHIN EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US.


It is with the excitement of this reality that we come together today on Pentecost, to remind ourselves that at Pentecost WE receive God’s Power.

That what the Holy Spirit does – it fills us with faith, it fills us with power, revitalises, renews, refreshes, empowers, creates, reminds, guides, comforts the church, those in the church and those The Spirit touches outside the church.


Can we do without Pentecost - Absolutely not!


AND BY THE WAY ….. Pentecost was never intended to be a once only affair. Today we are celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit on that first Pentecost.


IN REALITY - today we are celebrating the fact that the coming of the Holy Spirit is a daily event in the life of the Christian and of the church.


EVERY day, let The Holy Spirit speak to you.


EVERY day, the Holy Spirit tells me He is my God; Jesus is my Saviour. He died and rose for me … and I need to keep my heart and mind open to hear that.


Through The Holy Spirit we are given faith, and our faith relies on God; we trust God to help us in our deepest needs.


This Spirit-given-faith moves us to be God's holy and chosen people in everything we say and do.


Without the Holy Spirit there would be no Christians, no Christmas, no Easter and no Church. The gospel message would be unknown. There would be no hope of eternal life.


Maybe we've become a little blasé, BUT … The Holy Spirit wants to work in you – in all of us – to make us into a church that is living, renewed, refreshed, revitalised to do His work – to be the church, ready with the gospel of Christ, ready to draw all people into the warmth of God's presence.


Can we do without Pentecost,
the DAILY coming of The Holy Spirit into our lives - Absolutely not!


I runga e te Ingoa o te Atua, te Matua, te Tama me te Wairua Tapu.
In the name of God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit <AMEN>