Its a time of celebration!
Why? Who’s Birthday is it?
We are thinking about the ten days after Jesus went to heaven to be with his Father, God.
Acts chapter 2, verses 1-21
It was Pentecost, (which means fifty), 50 days after The Passover. The Jews gathered in Jerusalem to remember the day when God spoke to Moses and gave them the 10 commandments. It was also a harvest festival. So lots of people from many countries and speaking different languages were there, including Jesus’ followers who were in a room together.
“Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting. Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there…” They began speaking in all sorts of languages.
Those listening were excited and amazed to hear, in their own language, the wonderful things God had done. It was hard to believe that Jesus’ followers from Galilee could do this. Jesus had promised that God would send a Helper, the Holy Spirit, so that they could carry on Jesus’ good work.
Peter stood up and spoke out loud to the crowd about Jesus. Peter told them what they should do to be good people and about 3,000 people came to believe in Jesus.
It was like a Birthday for the ‘church’: people, followers of Jesus, the start of a new beginning.