The apostles have resolved the problem of Judas’ betrayal by adding Matthias to their number. “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place”(Acts 2:1). This appears to refer to the entire group of 120 who have been “all together” throughout this interim period (Acts 1:14) and are back in the upper room (Acts 2:2, 1:13). “And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting”(Acts 2:2). There is a tremendous noise that fills the entire house. Even those outside the house hear the sound and come to the house (Acts 2:6).
There is also a visible sign that something has happened. “And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them”(Acts 2:3). We are left to our imagination with these details. Are there visions of fire? Are they on their heads? Something remarkable and divine is happening. “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance”(Acts 2:4). The Spirit comes upon them in a new and unique way, enabling them to speak in other languages. If this does refer to the entire 120, it soon becomes clear that the 12 apostles are the leaders (Acts 2:14, 42). But this group of extraordinarily loud, suddenly foreign-language-fluent disciples with tongues of fire on their heads make a scene that all of Jerusalem will notice. The Spirit has come.
The arrival of the Spirit is a spectacular occurrence. We must not let our modern experience with special effects and illusions numb us to what we are reading. Jesus is keeping his promise to empower his people to continue his work, even in his physical absence. While the work of the Spirit in our time may not be as physically audible or visible, we can observe his effects and know that he is still at work (John 3:8).
------------- One Thing to Think About: How have I seen God fulfill his promises?
One Thing to Pray For: Eyes to see the work of the Spirit in my time—especially in the lives of God’s people
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