Theme: Those to whom the truth about Jesus has been revealed are encouraged to enjoy the benefits of being his followers.
In Jr. High, I was a clumsy boy
And to make it worse, the steps of the stairways in our school had front edges made of steel which made them strong but slippery.
So I frequently slipped on them going up the stairs. When I did, because I was holding my books in my arms, they went flying everywhere.
It was embarrassing.
The cool kids looking on did nothing to help, they just laughed at how clumsy and uncool I was.
Jesus had been preaching the good news of the coming kingdom of God, but some were acting like spoiled children saying, “We played the flute for you and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.”
This sermon is based on a sermon by Derek Thomas, entitled “Pentecostal Fire!”
Pentecost is one of those pivotal moments in history, along with creation, the incarnation, the crucifixion, the resurrection, ascension, and the second coming of Christ.
Its connection with the life and ministry of Jesus Christ is crucial if we are to understand its significance and uniqueness.
What happened at Pentecost happened in direct relationship to the ascension of Jesus into heaven (Acts 1:11).
Jesus’ ascension signaled a series of significant events:
signaled the glorification of Jesus’ body from its previous condition of both humiliation and resurrection;
signaled his entrance into the exalted position promised by his Father – “Therefore God has highly exalted him (Philippians 2:9); from which he now
distributes gifts to the church– Eph 4; and
intercedes on our behalf – Hebrews 4:14.
Jesus’ going away to a particular place indicates where his people will eventually be taken.
The Ascension shows that this existence on earth is temporary and that his redemptive work on the cross promises a new physical order of existence at his coming again at the end of the age – Acts 1:11.
Thus, Pentecost was an important milepost in biblical history.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”