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jesus' bride
Bible Passage Acts 2: 14- 21
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & books Acts, Joel, Numbers.

Jesus’ bride

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached March 1, 2024

SCRIPTURE 📖
14 Then Peter stood up among the eleven apostles and raised his voice to address them: “Men of Judea and everyone living in Jerusalem! You must understand something, so pay close attention to my words.

15 These men are not drunk as you suppose, for it’s only nine o’clock in the morning.

16 Rather, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

17 ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.

18 In those days I will even pour out my Spirit on my slaves, men and women alike, and they will prophesy.

19 I will display wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth below: blood, fire, and clouds of smoke.

20 The sun will become dark, and the moon turn to blood, before the coming of the great and glorious Day of the Lord.

21 Then whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

BACKGROUND
In Old Testament times a person who received a special gift of God’s Spirit may have announced a message from God as evidence of the Spirit’s presence (e.g. Num 11:26). So also on the Day of Pentecost, when the followers of Jesus received the promised gift of His Spirit, they spoke words from God, and they did so in ‘other tongues’. This means that their speech was in words that did not belong to their own language. Some Jews of the Dispersion who were in Jerusalem for the festival recognized their local languages in the speech of the disciples and praised God. Some others accused the disciples of being drunk.

Peter was full of the Holy Spirit and he showed his authority. He denied that the believers had drunk wine. It was too early in the day. He explained that the prophet Joel had spoken about these events (Joel 2:28-32). To Peter, the important point of the prophecy was that God poured out His Spirit on everyone within the community of God’s people, whether male or female, young or old, slave or free.

For Jews, the day of the Lord meant the day when God would change the world. They believed that God would give power to Israel then. ( Acts 1:6.) It would also be a day when God would bring terrible judgement.

A few weeks before the Pentecost event, people in Jerusalem had seen that the sun became dark. This happened in the afternoon when Jesus died on the cross. Maybe the moon had also appeared to be red in the dark sky. Or perhaps these events may still happen in the future. It tells us of God’s control in the universe. He remains the sovereign controller.

People cannot save themselves from God’s judgement. But God will save anyone who calls to Him. But the person must want God to help him or her. It should be a practical lifestyle for people living like Christ.

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 God will continue to use despised ordinary people to bring forth His message and blessings. God has plans for everyone

🔷 Wine is a spirit, and once we get drunk on it, takes the place of the Spirit of God in our lives

🔷 God is the source of light and darkness, rain and thunder, the earth and everything therein. No one can be independent of Him

🔷 We must walk our talk to be true practical Christians instead of paying lip service to it

 

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray for God’s Spirit
💥 Pray for drunkards to overcome their challenges and change

CONCLUSION📙
God graciously has given us His Spirit to be our teacher and our guide; to be able to bear His torch and be blessed by it. This gift for everyone shall lead us to salvation once we remain in Him and call on Him diligently.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections