“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy
Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2:1-4
Roald Amundson was a famous Norwegian explorer during the early twentieth century. He led the “Antarctic Expedition” and on December 14, 1911, he became the first man to reach the South Pole. In 1926 he led an exploration of the North Pole, becoming the first man to reach both poles.
On his trip to the North Pole, Amundson took a homing pigeon with him. When he reached the top of the world, he opened the bird’s cage and set it free. Imagine the joyful delight of Amundsen’s wife, back in Norway, when she looked out the door of her home and saw the pigeon returning to its roost. With the bird’s arrival, she knew her husband was alive and well!
That’s how it was for the disciples on the day of Pentecost. They had watched Jesus ascend into heaven and held on to his promise of sending the Holy Spirit. What joy, the arrival of the Holy Spirit brought to them for with the descending of the Holy Spirit the disciples knew Jesus was alive and seated at the right hand of God the father.
It’s that way for us too. The presence of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, is a reminder that Jesus is alive! But even more than this, the Holy Spirit is a constant reminder that Jesus keeps his promise to never leave us or forsake us. And of course, it is the Holy Spirit that fills us with God’s peace, comfort, wisdom and strength for our lives on this earth.
In Christ’s love,