Words from the Heart for Sunday May 20th, 2018
Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
Acts 2:33 (NIV)
Exalted to the Right Hand
The resurrected Saviour spoke to His followers, telling them they were to wait until they received the gift of the Spirit. They stayed gathered together to seek the Lord. They were not disappointed. True to His word, on the Day of Pentecost the Spirit was poured out. This was a confirmation that Jesus had returned to the Father and was exalted to His right hand. Our God keeps His promises!
Newfoundland’s entrance into Canadian Confederation was never a sure thing, not even in the years just before she finally voted to do so. On July 7, 1947, a report titled “Hands Across the Gulf” reported that in a recent Gallup poll of 1527 Newfoundlanders, only 171 voted in favour of joining Canada. The rest voted to join the US. At the time a delegation of seven men from Newfoundland were in Ottawa to discuss the idea of Newfoundland joining Canada. It would happen two years later.
I love the story of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit, who is God, has always been present in this world. We are first introduced to Him in the first verses of the Bible when during creation we see Him hovering over the formless void. Throughout the pages of the Hebrew Scriptures and the Gospels, He keeps showing up. But something unique and world changing took place on that Jewish Festival called Pentecost, as the followers of Jesus gathered together in obedience to Jesus’ command. Acts 2:33 says, “Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.” Jesus had returned to His place in Glory and had taken up the authority that he set aside for the time when he was on earth. When He did, He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell those who love Him and to empower them for holy living and service. The command of the Bible is for every believer to be filled with the Holy Spirit. He dwells in you. Has He filled your life completely?
These have been words from the heart.