Red is the color to wear to church this Sunday, symbolizing the tongues of fire associated with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:1-4). The roomful of disciples had been waiting together in Jerusalem as instructed by Jesus, following his crucifixion and resurrection. The Risen Lord had told them they would receive the power to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).
Meanwhile, Jerusalem filled with pilgrims from all over the Middle East. Pentecost means “fiftieth” in Greek. For the Jewish people, Pentecost was a pilgrimage festival that came fifty days after the Passover.
On that Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended and was poured out upon Jesus’ followers. They emerged from the house to share the good news of Jesus Christ in the crowded streets. Peter got the attention of thousands and addressed them, leading them to faith and baptism. The Church was born!
Pentecost is a joyous celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church. This Sunday at North Lake we also observe the sacrament of communion. Sharing in the Lord’s Supper is a perfect way to connect the Passover feast (when Jesus was crucified) with Pentecost, when the Church came to life.
May the Spirit of the Living God fall afresh on every one of us!
Dr. Jeffrey A. Hosmer
North Lake Presbyterian Church
Lady Lake, FL