Summary: Things happen out of the norm when the Holy Spirit shows Up
Acts 2; 1-4
1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Acts 3; 1-8
1One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon.
2Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.
3When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.
4Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, "Look at us!"
5So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
6Then Peter said, "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk."
7Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong.
8He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.
Luke 3; 16
16John answered them all, "I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
For a moment if your time I want to examine a few words and I plan on being
very brief. I’m glad everyone is out here but look at it like this Sis. Powell sung
the song When God is In the Building. So I would like to add to that “Expect the
Unexpected When God is in The Building” So if you would look up the word
expect you will find the meaning to anticipate as likely or deserving so I looked
up unexpected and it means coming without warning; not foreseen.
So let me break the meaning down so that we can better understand this.
Anticipate the unforeseen when our higher power is in the Presence.
When we examine Acts 2; 1-4 we find that this is about 50 days after Passover.
As we know Jesus was crucified at Passover time and he ascended 40 days after
his resurrection. The Holy Spirit 50 days after the resurrection and 10 days after
the ascension. We find in vs. 2 that and in both bibles I was using as references
used the word suddenly so I also looked it up and it says happening quickly without warning. But suddenly there came a sound from heaven and I can imagine hearing the thunder as of a rushing mighty wind. Now I want you all to just follow me in thought, imagine being there feeling kind of lost because your messiah, your king, your leader, your everything, your all in all, your prince of peace, your alpha and omega, and your lily of the valley leaving you all and
because of that we know that he was going to send us a comforter but we didn’t know when but I can imagine in my mind just being there on the Day of Pentecost every body on one accord just waiting just waiting on something from the Lord. And the scripture tells us that suddenly I like that suddenly that sound came that wind blew and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
According to the King James Version vs. 3 says and there appeared into them cloven tongues. Cloven meaning divided, split tongues like as of fire and it set upon each of them vs. 4 and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Examining verses 3-4 this was the fulfillment of the prophesy from John the Baptist which the Disciple Luke explained in Luke 3; 16. We know that John the Baptist was able to baptize with water and that symbolize the washing away of sins. But when
Jesus baptize he baptizes with fire which signifies that the Holy Spirit has come in. The Bible tells us that tongues symbolizes speech and the communication of the Gospel and the fire symbolize God’s purifying presence.
When I look back my mind tends to wonder about the song that Sis Powell sang this evening When God is in The Building for the songwriter said. When God is in the Building the sin-sick are healed let me just call the role for just a moment I can see Bro Paul at his Damascus experience how my God showed up and showed out. I see that he expected the unexpected when God was in the building. That ole songwriter then told us that When God is in the building the dead can be raised. Before I call on Lazarus not only is he referring to the physical dead but also the Spiritual death and especially the ones that are dead to Christ. But Imma call on Lazarus come here Lazarus and tell me your story cause I’m reminded of how your sisters sent for Jesus when you were sick and at the point of death But when God is in the building he looked out over the cemetery and said Lazarus come forth. Expect the Unexpected When God is in the Building.