Ah, Pentecost! The answer to the prophesies of Joel and David. Peter and the other Apostles were there to explain the numerous tongues and their purpose. They were able to show by the prophets’ words and their examples that Jesus was the Messiah. The people of Jerusalem listened and watched and were awed by the giving and sharing of the Apostles. They were delighted to be in the company of people who shared whatever they had with anyone there. These men had witnessed in person the acts of the Messiah. They shared bread and wine with Him. They were dedicated to sharing what they knew and spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. They had the benefit of His teachings. They didn’t charge admission and didn’t check credentials. These must be the real thing!
We learn that thousands were baptized and the numbers grew daily.
Now, let’s take a step back and ask ourselves how we can do this kind of convincing in today’s world.
I’m more of an idealist than a pragmatist. I’m probably always seeing what else I could do and then not being able to do it for lots of reasons: time, money, other responsibilities. Are these excuses that God really doesn’t want to hear?