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Summary: This sermon highlights what the main miracle of pentecost is...that God comes for everyone

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What do you think the miracle of Pentecost is?

The unexplained wind?

The tongues of fire on everyone’s head? (Someone once told me that if they saw tongues of fire on everyone’s head they would you have grabbed a fire extinguisher?)

People speaking in different tongues?

It is easy to believe that these three things from the account of Pentecost are the miracles of Pentecost.

However when we dive deeper into the Acts 2 reading we see that there is even a more substantial miracle.

A miracle that affects us all.

Listen again to verses 5 and 6, and verse 21

5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.

and from verse 21

And everyone who calls

on the name of the Lord will be saved.

The miracle of Pentecost is that the God that we can only know through Jesus Christ is for everyone.

And the Holy Spirit is the one who highlights this.

The Holy Spirit points to the fact that God comes from everyone!!

Now consider the implication of this.

Think about the implication that God comes for everyone.

First of all it means that if you call on Jesus as your means to forgiveness,

way to God,

and way to heaven,

there is no doubt about it.

God welcomes you.

You are welcome into a relationship with God and welcome in heaven.

It is simple as that.

You are in!

And if that is the case,

there is no question about whether anyone else who calls on Jesus as their means of forgiveness and way to God

are also welcome to be in heaven with God.

That is great news.

It is as simple as that.

The miracle of Pentecost is that God’s gift of eternal life is for everyone.

It is for everyone regardless of

race,

gender,

wealth,

health,

how much you have done,

family background,

how long you have been a Christian,

age,

music tastes,

occupation,

or anything else we use to separate us from others.

Nothing else is needed.

That is the miracle that the Holy Spirit delivered on Pentecost.

That everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

What a wonderful gift.

And this brings us to the second implication.

As disciples of Jesus Christ we are not just called to receive this gift.

We are also called to share it.

Listen to that again.

As disciples of Jesus Christ we are not just called to receive this gift.

We are also called to share it.

For those of you who have been worshipping with us over the last few weeks you may recall that the disciples were told to wait for the Holy Spirit and once they had received it they were to be witnesses for Jesus starting in Jerusalem and stretching to the ends of the earth.

Well at Pentecost Jesus promise of the Holy Spirit came true.

And now each of us are called to share the love of God with all those we interact with.

Now a question I would like you to think about and ask yourself, not just once but each day?

Have I been selfish with God’s gift of eternal life and forgiveness?

Do I keep it to myself and not share it?

Now this is not a one off question but a question that each of us need to ask each day, before we pray.


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