As we read the two scripture readings selected for today – one from the Old Testament and one from the New, let’s look within ourselves for our personal truth and trust that God knows all, sees all, and will reveal all.
The first, Genesis 1 – tells us of the creation of the world as a created new life form.
The second, Acts 2.., tells of the creation of the world as a created new life.
Read these two accounts below and then think about the renewal, the change, the New Life in Christ.
Genesis 1-2:1 (NLT). The Account of Creation: 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.[a] 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day ………………………….
31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day. 2 So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed.
What does this mean? In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. In the beginning, God created man in the likeness of Himself. (Genesis: 26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.
And so it was and so it is.
Ahhh, but was it ? Yes, it was, but man turned the good to bad – over and over again as the Old Testament history tells us. So, the Lord came and took us on the journey we have been discussing since February. And this phase ended with Easter’s Resurrection and the forty days following when Jesus showed Himself to the disciples and many others.
And so our journey has brought us right back to where it all ended/started. It brings us to Jerusalem and the gathering of thousands of Jews to celebrate the Feast of the Pentecost (Feast of the Firstfruits or the Feast of the Weeks).
“The Feast of Firstfruits actually took place during the week-long Passover celebration (Lev. 23:4–8), on the first day after the Sabbath that occurred in the midst of the week (vv. 9–11). Pentecost occurred fifty days after that Sabbath (vv. 15–16) and marked the culmination of what started at the Feast of Firstfruits.” *Bible Gateway
All the disciples and their followers were together in what is believed to be another Upper Room. All were confused and dismayed over the events that took place the last forty plus days. They did not know what to do, what to believe, where to go. They were lost souls, crying out for answers, for salvation.
How is that different from what we feel or felt. We have all been there and many are there right now. “We are poor little sheep who have lost our way…..”
Although, Christ died for our sins, to grant us eternal life, the realization and awareness was not yet part of the disciples’ mindset. Is it part of ours?
So, what is now the third entity of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit comes to complete the fulfillment of the Word and their and our destiny.
The Holy Spirit Comes
Acts:2: 1 On the day of Pentecost[a] all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. 5 At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. 6 When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers. 7 They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, 8 and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages! 9 Here we are— …. people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, 10 …. Egypt, and the areas of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” 12 They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other.
That was two thousand years ago. Yes, two thousand years. And still we remember, still we are often lost, still we have or need the Holy Spirit to dwell with in us. But we are NOT lost. We only have to reach out. Peter – who by the way never could be brave before – said it best. We can say it no better.
Acts2: – : 14 Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. 15 These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. 16 No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:
17 ‘In the last days,’ God says,
‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your young men will see visions,
and your old men will dream dreams.
18 In those days I will pour out my Spirit
even on my servants—men and women alike—
and they will prophesy.
19 And I will cause wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below—
blood and fire and clouds of smoke.
20 The sun will become dark,
and the moon will turn blood red
before that great and glorious day of the LORD arrives.
21 But everyone who calls on the name of the LORD
will be saved.’
Let us Pour out our soul and call for God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to come and change us into a new creation. His creation….. Then we can once again realize the truth of this scripture.
[Genesis 1: 31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! 2 So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed.
Accept the Lord Jesus Christ today and invite the Holy Spirit to dwell within you – that you also may be saved and look forward to everlasting life with Him.
He is there for you and for me….just reach out.
May God bless each of you today and always