Summary: Pentecost signified freedom from the Law and the penalty of the Law
Pentecost - 2004
Picking Shannon up at the train station
• Right away I could tell she had had a tough day
• Gone for job interviews in Melbourne and afterwards had to trudge about two Klms in stilettos from the train station to where David worked to pick up her duffle bag which was in his car
• Then she walked right past the restaurant without realizing it
• Finally found it then had to carry her bag back 2 klms to the train station
• Because of the construction at the station she had to walk about 500 meters to the platform
• So by the time she arrived in Ballarat she was ready to ditch the bag
• It was all over her face (that look of you have no idea what I’ve been through today) as she lugged it to where I was waiting for her in the car
• She dumped the bag in the boot and flopped into the front seat
• Then I got the whole story
• Ever been in that situation where you collapse at the end of your journey and you don’t have to lug around those bags any more
• Its like you’ve been let out of jail – a feeling of freedom
• I remember a certain person in the Bendigo congregation on a hike in Tasmania a couple of years back who got so frustrated with to much walking, sore feet, to heavy a pack that he finally dumped it on the side of the track and walked off – he did come back
Today we celebrate Pentecost – the coming of the Holy Spirit and beginning of the NT church
• Pentecost is all about dumping the baggage – experiencing freedom from burdens
• Up until this point in salvation history mankind struggled under some serious baggage, baggage he was unable to bear
• But with the birth of the Age of the Church all this changed
• Acts 2:36-39 (NLT) So let it be clearly known by everyone in Israel that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified to be both Lord and Messiah!”37 Peter’s words convicted them deeply, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”38 Peter replied, “Each of you must turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 This promise is to you and to your children, and even to the Gentiles—all who have been called by the Lord our God.”
• What changed for mankind with this statement? What burdens was mankind carrying that up to this point he could do nothing about?
What was the baggage he had to carry? The baggage of the consequence of sin which was what? Spiritual Death
• Romans 6:23 (NKJV)23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
• Pretty heavy burden to drag around with you
• Could we do anything about it? No
• And how are we set free? Through the saving work of Jesus Christ
• So with the beginning of the NT church, the baggage of sin, death, was able to be dumped and substituted with “Eternal Life”
What other baggage did mankind have to bear? Trying to live perfectly under the requirements of the Mosaic Law
• Galatians 3:21-22 (NKJV) 21……For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. 22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
• So a second burden mankind had to bear was his inability to live up to the requirements of the Mosaic Law
• Regardless of how hard he tried, this was a second burden mankind had to carry
• Paul too speaks about this burden
• Acts 15:10 (NKJV) 10 Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke (there’s that burden again, issue here was the Mosaic Law) on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
• Was there anything we could do about this burden? No
• Fortunately who sets us free from this burden?
• Romans 5:1-2 (NKJV) Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
• Again Jesus Christ comes to our rescue. He performed what we could not do, meet the righteous requirements of the law on our behalf