“The Descent of the Spirit”
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4
This was confusing to the devout, and the multitude were confounded. They were amazed and marveled as they heard the wonderful works of God in their own tongues. Some doubted and mocked them, saying they are full of new wine.
Key to the experience was the sense of unity, “all with one accord in one place”.
“But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them…
This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: … And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 2: 14-21
What is it to “be saved”? The prodigal son, remorsefully said “I will set out and go back to my father.” Luke 15:18 In the hymn, “Lord, I’m Coming Home”, The refrain describes a decision that everyone can make:
“Coming home, coming home, Never more to roam:
Open now Thine arms of love – Lord I’m coming home.”
It is a decision to accept the invitation to return to our personal spiritual mission; to accept Divine Love and Guidance; to turn around and restart the journey to oneness with God. (At-one-ment). This guidance, wisdom, comfort, love and peace is expressed through the Holy Spirit and we experience it in the form of Spiritual Gifts.
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made
me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2
As we sing, “I have decided to follow Jesus, No turning back, no turning back”.
We, at times, walk away from God, caught by worldly snares and obstacles. The door to return is always open; the privilege of choice always there; it is a choice to be free, to be saved, to turn around and go back home. Love waits for us there.