Something dramatic happened

Something indescribably dramatic happened on the day of Pentecost. What it was I don’t know.

Here’s how the Bible tries, and fails, to describe it.

On the day of Pentecost all the Lord’s followers were together in one place. 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. The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak.

Many religious Jews from every country in the world were living in Jerusalem. And when they heard this noise, a crowd gathered.

Acts 2:1-6 CEV

Like the sound of a mighty wind.

What looked like fiery tongues.

What it sounded or looked like was beyond the disciples experience. It was not the sound of a wind, but it sounded like it. It was not fire, but it was like it. What it actually was is beyond their experience to be able to describe, so we get a poor second best — ‘it was a bit like this…’

But something dramatic did happen. Something that brought people out onto the streets in their thousands wondering what the noise was.

Something else dramatic happened to the disciples. Particularly to Peter. The timid guy who denied Jesus fifty days earlier became the bold preacher who stood up in front of this crowd of people.

When the Holy Spirit comes something dramatic occurs. Jesus promised it at his ascension a few days earlier. he said:

But the Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power. Acts 1:8.

It happened to me.

I was still living with my parents at the time, in my early 20s. Coming back from a renewal meeting on a Thursday evening I, like the disciples before me, was accused of being drunk. Something dramatic had happened. I’d been filled in a way that I had not experienced before, and people had no words to describe it, other than the nearest thing was being drunk.

Ironically I was supposed to be leading the worship at that meeting, I was playing guitar and leading people in singing praise to God. I was supposed to be leading the worship, but God stepped in.  Something indescribably dramatic happened to me.

So please pray for God to fill you. Please accept whatever he sends, something indescribably dramatic way or may not happen, or it could be gradual and gentle, but let God fill you with his Holy Spirit.

Do it now, before reading on.


Further reading:

For more about the change in Peter read this blog from my mate Dave Roberts, published yesterday.

For more on the gift of tongues, read this.

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