But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
“In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out 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. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Devotion by Anne Mooney
This scripture is part of the Pentecost story, the birthday of the Christian Church. Peter gave the first Christian sermon. It was a time of new beginning. Jesus had lived with Peter and the eleven. He had taught them all he had to teach, now it was time for the disciples and followers of Jesus to live out his legacy. A spirit of God came upon the Jesus followers. Their behavior was so unusual many around them assumed they were drunk, but as Peter stated, God had poured the Spirit of God out onto them giving them confidence and power to do many mighty acts that have ultimately led to Christianity spreading throughout the world.
In remembering Pentecost today, we look to Peter and the early Christians as guides. We are called to continue the Christian story. God has sent Spirit for us, too.
Thank you for the gift of your Spirit that empowers us to do things in this world we would fear to do on our own. We are grateful for the work of the early church leaders who fearlessly taught the world about Jesus and your amazing love. AMEN.