The followers of Jesus felt alone and abandoned. They thought Jesus was staging a coup but instead He let Himself be crucified. And even though they had seen Him alive again they did not understand what He said, that His Kingdom was not of this world... but they're about to find out.
Part 2 - Provision (of the Spirit)
Have you ever experienced something that you just couldn’t believe and can’t forget?
Acts 2:1-4 NIV
1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Pentecost: A day of celebration and commemoration of the day God gave the Torah to the Israelites through Moses on Mt. Sinai. It came 7 weeks after the Passover celebration.
Passover: A day of celebration and commemoration of the day God freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. It came at the end of the 10th plague where the first born male son of each house that didn't have the blood of a lamb painted on the doorposts and lintel would die. The blood caused the plague to "pass over" the home and spare them from death.
Jeremiah 31:31-33 ESV
31 Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah,
32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord.
33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Holy Spirit always brings about what God begins
Acts 2:22-24, 32-33, 36 ESV
22 Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—
23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.
24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.
32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.
33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.
36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
The four declarations of the Gospel proper
God's Kingdom vs 30, 33
Jesus is the King vs 36
Jesus is the crucified King vs 23
Jesus is the resurrected King vs 24
The 3 responses of the Gospel
Repent vs 38
Believe vs 37
Follow vs 42-47
Holy Spirit's goal is the Gospel
Acts 2:42-47 ESV
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.
44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common.
45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,
47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Holy Spirit's ultimate role is to enable followers of Jesus to look more like Jesus every day
Without the Spirit you can't be spiritual
Next Sunday: followers part 3 - Phenomena (of the Spirit)
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