Summary: The Day of Pentecost matters to us: 1. Because it was a new dispensation in God's plan (vs. 1-4). 2. Because it was a great demonstration of God's power (vs. 2-11). 3. Because it was a bold declaration of God's pardon (vs. 11-21).
Why Pentecost Matters to Us
Acts 2:1-21 (Initial reading: vs. 1-4)
Sermon by Rick Crandall
Grayson Baptist Church - May 26, 2013
*Some days seem to matter a whole lot more than others:
June 6, 1944 -- The D-Day invasion in Normandy.
Nov. 22, 1963 -- The assassination of JFK.
July 21 1969 -- Neil Armstrong took that first step on the moon.
*February 14, 1975 -- Mary and I got married. What a difference a day makes! Pentecost in Acts 2 was one of those big, big days. In fact it was one of the most important days in the history of the world, only surpassed by the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
*God paved the way for Pentecost through the coming of Jesus Christ: No Christmas, no cross, no Easter, no Pentecost. Pentecost also could not happen until the Lord Jesus went home to be glorified in Heaven.
*Paul described this glorification of Jesus in Philippians 2:8-11. There the Apostle said this about Jesus:
8. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
9. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
10. that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
11. and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
*The Day of Pentecost matters greatly to God, and it matters to us.
1. Pentecost matters first of all, because it was a new dispensation in God's plan.
*In vs. 1-4, Luke tells us how this new dispensation began:
1. Now when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
4. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
*The amazing, miraculous events above ushered in a new dispensation in God's plan. "Dispensation" is not a word we use very often. In fact, it's not a word I normally use at all. But the original word simply means the way a household or estate is administered or managed or taken care of.
*So in Ephesians 3:2, Paul talked about "the DISPENSATION of the grace of God which was given to me for you." And in Eph 1:10, Paul talked about God's purpose "that in the DISPENSATION of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth in Him."
*The Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 marked the beginning of a new dispensation:
-A new chapter in the way God would take care of His world.
-A new chapter in the way that God would work with men.
-On that day, God the Holy Spirit came in a way that He had never come before.
*The Lord Jesus told us about this event ahead of time. Listen to John 7:37-39:
37. On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
38. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.''
39. But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
*Now in Acts 2, Jesus had already been crucified and was risen from the dead. Back in Acts 1:4, Jesus had commanded His disciples not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which,'' He said, "you have heard from Me."
*Jesus told them to wait in Jerusalem, and they did wait. Then came the Day of Pentecost. It was ten days after Jesus ascended to Heaven. It was fifty days after Jesus rose from the dead. And on this Day of Pentecost, the Lord's promise was fulfilled, as the Holy Spirit came in great power!
*The church was born. The world moved into the dispensation of grace. And we are still living in the age of grace today. Now the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ literally comes to live in everyone who receives Jesus as Lord and Savior.
*So Romans 8:9-10 says this to Christians:
9. . . You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.