Words from the Heart for Sunday May 15th, 2016
“Those who accepted his (Peter’s) message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. “
Acts 2:41 (NIV)
The Birth of the Church
This is what happened at the first Pentecost when the Word of God was spoken to people. The Holy Spirit took the Word of God and changed and empowered lives. How has He impacted your life with the Bible’s message?
The vast majority of babies born in Canada are birthed in a hospital. Of the roughly 380,000 women who gave birth last year in Canada, less than 2 per cent, or fewer than 7,000, did so outside of a hospital. Up until 1998, when B.C. legalized midwifery, a home birth was illegal. Now, midwives deliver about 14 per cent of the babies born each year in the province, or more than 5,500 infants – and about one-third of those babies are delivered at home. Across the country, demand for midwives is growing and cost-conscious governments are looking to midwives to help stave off a maternity care crunch. Still, few expectant mothers in Canada or in any other developed nation show much interest in having their babies the “old-fashioned way” – at home.
One of the best promises that Jesus gave to His disciples is found in John 16:7 when He promises that when He goes back to be with the Father, He will send the Holy Spirit. And on Pentecost, He came in power. Acts 2:41 tells us what happened when He came “Those who accepted his (Peter’s) message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” The coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost birthed the Church of Jesus Christ, and did so with power. No one who was there that day would have missed what was happening. I think of the apostles, who were waiting expectantly for this day. How their lives changed that day. They were empowered and emboldened to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth with the authority of heaven, and the world would never be the same again. Like blinders falling off, for the first time they completely understood all that Jesus had been teaching them for the past few years. And what must have been the most exciting thing was the living Lord Jesus had taken up residence in them. There is good news for us. The same Holy Spirit comes to take up residence in us as well. What happened on that day, with the indwelling presence of Christ in the believer, has become the normal Christian life. He fills the life of everyone who trusts Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. Have you done so? If not, you can right now.
These have been words from the heart.