Receive The Spirit – Good News for May 31

31 05 2009

Acts 2:1-11

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were.

Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.
At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language.

They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?
We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues
of the mighty acts of God.”

John 20:19-23

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

The Daily Path: Pentecost Sunday. The ultimate day of grace. Someone recently said they believed that we are better prepared today to understand grace and how the Holy Spirit works in our lives than the Apostles were. That may be true because we have two thousand years of experience under our belt. At the same time, I don’t believe that we can ever fully understand the Grace of God that, like a divine wind, can suddenly sweep into our life out of nowhere.

This grace and the Spirit are amazing, powerful, terrifying, comforting, mysterious, peaceful, nurturing and seemingly impossible all at once. How can we hope to understand? I’m happy just to believe that I can receive God’s grace and feel fortunate that from time to time my doors are unlocked so that a little breeze can come my way.

God showers His grace on us. This I know to be true.

Room to Chat: Lord, please send the wind of Your grace into my life today and every day. Allow me to be enlightened so that I can be an example of your great love for us.