Summary: I will forever be amazed how God set up the Old Testament festivals ALL to be fulfilled through the Messiah
Hello Calvary family and welcome to
worship for Pentecost Sunday.
Every think about it the fact that some
people bring joy to everyone, while some people
bring joy when they leave😊 You know people
that walk in the room and everybody is happy to see them, and then you have those couple of
people--- that when they leave everybody is
happy. Sometimes I wonder which one I am?
Think about your life, think about how God has created your life. God has blessed you. Which leads me to think about the church today--
Pentecost Sunday. We're going to get into it with Acts chapter 2. What Pentecost was with just the first couple of verses of Acts chapter two
(I was standing in front of Calvary’s sign) I want you to see behind me the Calvary Reformed Church sign. Back in the 50s Calvary started as Bethany Missions, Pastor Wayne Trip showed up for some time. After pastor Wayne Tripp (who is still alive in Wisconsin), Pastor Don Lam came and was here for about twelve
years with a wonderful ministry, as did pastor Wayne Tripp. Pastor Don left and Pastor Vern Hettinga ministered for about twelve/ thirteen
years, having a great ministry. Then Pastor Jonathan Bronson and his family came. They were here for about three years or so had a wonderful ministry. And then little did Calvary know that back in 1999 when I was only 38 and they would call me I would be here for all these years---- but the beauty of the church---this church, it's not me ---this church is not being built by the people inside this church. Any church around the world must have a core focus of
Jesus Christ. And the church is built by Jesus Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Let’s read from John 14, Jesus says to us in John 14 and I will ask of the Father and He will give you another counselor some of the old translations say another Paraclete… another counselor to be with you forever, who is the spirit of the truth. The world cannot accept him because it neither sees him nor knows him, but you know him for he will live with you and will be with you. The disciples yet did not have the Holy Spirit with them at that time but then we read in Acts chapter 2 and we got to remember this for Acts chapter 2 is taking place on during the Festival of Weeks. For the Jewish people the festival of weeks or what we call the Pentecost ---Penta is 50 this festival was one of the festivals one of the three festivals that if you were a Jewish man living within 20 miles or so of Jerusalem--- you were required to come to Jerusalem three times a year for certain festivals. Passover was one of them, feast of weeks or Pentecost was one of them. And it's
during this festival 50 days after Christ offered his life for you and I that he sends the Holy Spirit and we read in in Acts chapter 2 when the day
of Pentecost had come.
Penta 50, the Pentateuch in the Old Testament Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy is called the Pentateuch the five books of the Old Testament.
When the day of Pentecost 50 days after
the Passover time they were all together in one place. A lot of people have in the past have said that one place was in the upper room where they had the Passover meal. That may have been, but I believe it was really within the temple that they were. We don't have enough time on the video to define why, but within scripture I believe they were in the temple because there were a hundred of twenty hundred and twenty of them who were there together and as they were there, suddenly the sound of a blowing of a violent wind
came upon them from heaven came down from heaven---- not coming from side by outside like a storm but from heaven and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
And they saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the spirit enabled them to.
I want to speak briefly about Passover and the Pentecost and just a couple little ideas between the two.
We need to realize that the first Passover
that took place took place was in Egypt and it's when Yahweh God said to Moses to lead the Jewish people out and that first Passover of the angel of death passing over people's doorsteps or their doors as they put the blood of the Paschal Lamb over their door, symbolize their freedom from slavery--- their freedom from slavery.