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Pentecost

 When Pentecost, the fiftieth day after Passover, came, all the believers were together in one place.  Suddenly, a sound like a violently blowing wind came from the sky and filled the whole house where they were staying.  Tongues that looked like fire appeared to them. The tongues arranged themselves so that one came to rest on each believer.  All the believers were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak. Devout Jewish men from every nation were living in Jerusalem.  They gathered when they heard the wind. Each person was startled to recognize his own dialect when the disciples spoke. Stunned and amazed, the people in the crowd said, “All of these men who are speaking are Galileans.  Why do we hear them speaking in our native dialects?  We’re Parthians, Medes, and Elamites. We’re people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia,  Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the country near Cyrene in Libya. We’re Jewish people, converts to Judaism, and visitors from Rome,  Crete, and Arabia. We hear these men in our own languages as they tell about the miracles that God has done.” All of these devout men were stunned and puzzled. They asked each other, “What can this mean?”  Others said jokingly, “They’re drunk on sweet wine.” Then Peter stood up with the eleven apostles. In a loud voice he said to them, “Men of Judea and everyone living in Jerusalem! You must understand this, so pay attention to what I say.  These men are not drunk as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning.  Rather, this is what the prophet Joel spoke about:I will pour my Spirit on everyone.I will pour my Spirit on my servants, on both men and women.blood, fire, and clouds of smoke.and the moon will become as red as blood Then whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ “Men of Israel, listen to what I say: Jesus from Nazareth was a man whom God brought to your attention. You know that through this man God worked miracles, did amazing things, and gave signs.  By using men who don’t acknowledge Moses’ Teachings, you crucified Jesus, who was given over to death by a plan that God had determined in advance.  But God brought him from death back to life and destroyed the pains of death, because death had no power to hold him.  This is what David meant when he said about Jesus:My body also rests securely because you do not abandon my soul to the grave You make the path of life known to me. “Brothers, I can tell you confidently that our ancestor David died and was buried and that his tomb is here to this day.  David was a prophet and knew that God had promised with an oath that he would place one of David’s descendants on his throne.  David knew that the Messiah would come back to life, and he spoke about that before it ever happened. He said that the Messiah wouldn’t be left in the grave and that his body wouldn’t decay. “God brought this man Jesus back to life. We are all witnesses to that.  God used his power to give Jesus the highest position. Jesus has also received and has poured out the Holy Spirit as the Father had promised, and this is what you’re seeing and hearing.  David didn’t go up to heaven, but he said, until I put your enemies under your control.”’ “All the people of Israel should know beyond a doubt that God made Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” When the people heard this, they were deeply upset. They asked Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter answered them, “All of you must turn to God and change the way you think and act, and each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift.  This promise belongs to you and to your children and to everyone who is far away. It belongs to everyone who worships the Lord our God.” Peter said much more to warn them. He urged, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”  Those who accepted what Peter said were baptized. That day about 3,000 people were added to the group. – Acts 2:1-41 http://bit.ly/14CWoEc

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