It is the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit has been poured out, the disciples are speaking in foreign languages, and Peter has been taking the opportunity to explain what it all means. “This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses”(Acts 2:32). God has fulfilled his promise to raise someone from the grave (Acts 2:25-28) by raising Jesus and the apostles have unique testimony to share about this. “Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing”(Acts 2:33). Jesus is responsible for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It means something extraordinarily significant: Jesus is still alive and is now at the right hand of God, directing the Holy Spirit to continue his work on earth.
Peter cites another psalm as evidence: “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool”’”(Acts 2:34-35). David’s words prophesy that someone will sit at God’s right hand and be given dominion over his enemies, but David himself did not fulfill this. Instead, Peter asserts that David was speaking about the Messiah. “Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified”(Acts 2:36). Jesus has been installed as the ruler who has all authority (“Lord”) and the promised messiah (“Christ”)—and everyone knows it because of what they are now seeing and hearing.
Jesus is the point of Pentecost. This is important because it is easy for us to be sidetracked by the amazing works of the Holy Spirit throughout this area. We can begin to believe that we need to seek a similar kind of emotional, spiritual experience. But the Holy Spirit here is proof that Jesus is enthroned at the right hand of God. His goal is to glorify Jesus. If we seek the Spirit and miss Jesus, we have missed the point.
------------- One Thing to Think About: Why are we sometimes tempted to seek after these kinds of unique spiritual experiences?
One Thing to Pray For: Opportunities to bring glory to Jesus as I serve him
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