From the Pastor

The Visitation of Pentecost

If the Old Testament tells us anything about God — and it tells us a lot about God — it’s that His visits always leave a big impression.

God had visited the people of Israel on numerous occasions. He visited again on Christmas Day when Jesus, the Son of God, came among us, fulfilling the promise of “Immanuel.” On the day of Pentecost, 50 days after the Passover of Jesus’ crucifixion, God the Holy Spirit visited the world —

And He stayed.

Back in Genesis 11, God had visited the world and observed the pride of humanity. He scattered humanity by confusing the languages at the Tower of Babel in Babylon. On Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit empowered the disciples of Jesus, He helped the Christians by gifting them with the ability to speak different languages. God reversed the curse of Babylon on Pentecost.

The believers preached “the mighty works of God (Acts 2:11).” If you want to know if the Holy Spirit is working in someone, look to see if their lives display the mighty works of God: “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me (John 15:26).” And what were the “mighty works” proclaimed by the disciples? They proclaimed the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the works we proclaim to the world today.

When Peter preached on Pentecost, 3,000 people joined the Church, experiencing the love of God and believing in the mighty works proclaimed by the disciples. In this mighty work, God united Jews from many nations, even those who considered each other enemies, into one Body, the Church.

This year, our nation has experienced a pandemic. We’re experiencing social unrest the likes of which we haven’t seen in 50 years. Fortunately for us, God has provided a unifying factor: The Church. The Church in America encompasses people of every nation, language, and ethnicity. The Church here in America has received the unity of the Holy Spirit, and He has united us across every dividing line that Satan has hurled at us. The Church brings (or should bring) together American and international, black, white and Asian, male and female, Democratic and Republican, in the worship of Almighty God through His Son Jesus Christ.

I can clearly see that God’s work, begun on Pentecost, will be the only way to repair our nation. He has brought us to this point. He has given us His word, He has given us the example of His Son, and He has empowered us through the power of the Holy Spirit. We cannot fail.

In this Pentecost season, I challenge you to live the promise of Pentecost. Love God; love your neighbor as yourself. Remember that yes, you are your brothers’ keeper. (No, that’s not a typo. You have more brothers — and sisters — than you know.) Pray the Holy Spirit will visit our neighbors with the convicting power that will draw them to Jesus, the Son. Allow the Holy Spirit of God to use you to fulfill Pentecost in a nation desperately needing His healing.