When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
When Jesus was with His disciples, He made a bold and shocking statement. He told His disciples that He would be going away (foreshadowing the cross, resurrection, and ascension into heaven). But that wasn’t the most shocking part. He then said that is was GOOD for the disciples that He was going away.
How could there possibly be anything better than having the resurrected Christ walking around with the disciples? The problem with that scenario is that wherever Jesus went, there He was. Let that statement sink in. When Jesus was in Jerusalem, He was in Jerusalem. He wasn’t in Fiji, Rome, Russia, or Madagascar. When Jesus was in Galilee, He was in Galilee. If Jesus remained His followers would have flocked to Him, congregating wherever He was to learn, find guidance, or to just experience the peace of being close with God. But this would be a one-on-many kind of relationship.
The goal of the church was never to just gather together in a holy huddle, but instead to go into all the world and share the good news of new life when we trust in Jesus. Jesus said it is good that He leave because then He would send His Spirit to lead, teach, guide, and build a transformational relationship with Jesus followers from the inside out.
When the holiday of Pentecost came, Jesus fulfilled His promise. The Holy Spirit came and separated resting on each of them. The word “separated” is a game changer. Now every follower of Jesus had the Spirit of Jesus with them wherever they went. This relationship is not one-on-many, but a one-on-one relationship.
If you have said “Yes” to following Jesus, His Holy Spirit has moved in. You have a one-on-one relationship with God wherever you are. Talk with Him through prayer. Ask Him to lead, teach, guide, and build this transformational relationship as you trust Him wherever He leads you. When you read the devotional, listen to a sermon, read a passage, or discuss in small groups, ask that the Holy Spirit of Jesus would teach and guide you. Enjoy the journey wherever He leads.