Acts 1:8 says: “But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.”
What does the season of the Holy Spirit represent? Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost Sunday is a commemoration and celebration of the receiving of the Holy Spirit by the early church. John the Baptist prophesied of the first Pentecost when Jesus was baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire. “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bare: he shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire,” Matthew 3:11. Jesus confirmed this prophecy with the promise of the Holy Spirit to His disciples in John 14:26: “But the comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, and whatsoever I have said unto you.”
“Jesus showed himself to the disciples after His death on the cross and His resurrection, giving convincing proof that He was alive. Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit that is promised for you and your children and for all who are far off whom the Lord our God will call,” Acts 2:39.
The word ‘Pentecost’ comes from the Greek. It simply means ‘50th’. Pentecost is always seven weeks after Easter Sunday (Resurrection Sunday). The 50 days is inclusive of 10 days of crossing over to press into God’s promise for your life; 10 days decreasing your land or boundaries; 10 days of developing and expectation for the future; 10 days of restoring, re-defying, and establishing vision; and 10 days of warring for increase and the transference of wealth.
Pentecostal Sunday ends the season of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It grew from what was originally a festival marking the first harvest of the year, because this was the time of the return of the first-fruit sacrifice of the Jews. Pentecostal Sunday is celebrated on May 20, 2018. It is a time to give a sacrificial offering unto the Lord and wait on a blessed return. When the Jews sacrificed unto the Lord, they grew in the wisdom of the word of God and understood that there was only one true God. What is your first-fruit sacrifice that you will sow to receive on Pentecost Sunday?
As believers we are to gather together in a holy place like the disciples who gathered in the upper room with the 120 waiting for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as a fire, and it set upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance,” Acts 2:1-4.
Pentecost Sunday is a celebration of the receiving of the harvest of the first-fruit sacrifice being filled full of the Holy Spirit, the witness of the Lost, the saving of souls, the healing of the suffering, and the worship and praise to God. Peter and the other apostles went forth preaching and teaching the word of God that all men should be saved. There was added to the church 3000 souls. When you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit you are renewed, restored, and required to tell the world how good God has been to you. How he brought you out of darkness into His marvelous light. The Holy Spirit is waiting to give gifts of grace through you as you undertake the evangelical mission of the church by winning souls to the Kingdom of God. Are you ready for Pentecost?