Summary: The glory of God, which was manifested among Moses and the Israelites and in the person of Jesus, now rests inside you and me.
I. Reminders of His glory
“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them” (Acts 2:1-3).
Immediately before His ascension, Jesus looked ahead to this day as He spoke of the promise of the Father that would come:
“Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, ‘Which,’ He said, ‘you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now’” Acts 1:4-5).
As surely as His glory had been manifest in the wilderness journey through a cloud by day and a fire by night, so also this visitation, though startling, was familiar.
God Initiates the Experience of His Glory.
Picture yourself as a young boy or girl traveling through the wilderness with Moses. Time and again, you observe supernatural phenomena that confirm God’s physical presence in your midst. A mysterious cloud settles on the tabernacle, and the Lord pervades it with His glory. In a similar way, the cloud burns with fire by night. You always halt your travels until the cloud or the fire lifts from the tabernacle (Exodus 13:21-22).
With each divine disclosure, you become increasingly aware of the tangible presence of the Lord among you. Day after day and night after night, when God’s glory moves, you move. When God waits, you wait!
Pentecost Principle: The Discipline to “Tarry”
“. . . tarry in Jerusalem, until you are endued with power from upon high” (Luke 24:49).
“Waiting” is not typically a human virtue, but just as the wilderness multitudes must wait on the glory to move, so also the upper room disciples must “tarry.” In many ways, the Greek word (Meno), translated “tarry,” is unlike our English word “wait,” which can often times denote “wasting time” as in waiting on a red light to change. To “tarry” is more accurately understood as to “long expectantly” much like a new father waits on news of his firstborn.
To “tarry” or “abide” is more of a relational term as the wilderness followers waited on God’s presence and the upper room disciples waited on the Holy Spirit. Might it be found true of us that we “tarry” often, waiting patiently, expectantly on a person—the cleansing, empowering Holy Spirit.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength . . .” (Isaiah 40:31).
Pause and pray asking God to make it real!
Let’s stand for a moment and in groups of two or three, pray that we will learn to “tarry” and to yield to His Spirit.
“Father, teach me to wait; slow me down; quiet my soul; impassion my expectancy for Your visitation.”