“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 of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4 (KJV)
As we enter the book of Acts via chapter one, and looking at Luke’s Gospel, we find the disciples hiding away, uncertain of what to do. Nothing is going on in their lives. At least that is the way it appears. Forty days after His resurrection Jesus ascends into heaven in their sight, and for their witness of it.
On the day of Pentecost, about 10 days later, an amazing thing happens. We must remember Jesus’s own promise “I will not leave you comfortless. I will come to you.” (John 14:18).
What takes place on the day of Pentecost was a day of the fulfillment of that promise, and power; the power of God descending upon all who were following Jesus Christ the Son of God, God the Son.
Many have made a big to do, about the tongues, but it is not about “tongues” it is about Christ Jesus and His promises. He keeps His word. The tongues is more in the hearing – when you read the verses following those above.
“Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.” verse 6
Peter who had been quiet for these fifty days was suddenly given the power, authority of the Spirit of God, and his discourse is heard, and people are changed by that same Spirit of God. It is that same Spirit of God that dwelt in Jesus Christ, and raised Him to life, and brought Him forth from the grave.
On this day there were three thousand souls added to the Kingdom of Christ (v. 41), and their lives were changed forever.
The real “Miracle” is not the tongues but the thousands of changed lives. Jesus Christ the Son of God and God the Son is still changing lives today; because He died for our sins, was buried, and rose again. That same Jesus is getting ready to return and that could happen any moment now.
Christian live for Christ in the power of that Spirit of Christ.