I didn’t point this out in yesterday’s devotional, but Acts 1:8 is the key to seeing the entire book of Acts. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would empower believers to tell people about Him. In today’s Bible reading, we see the beginning of the fulfillment of that promise. Jesus said that his followers would bear witness around the world. How would that be possible for these unschooled, mainly Aramaic-speaking homebodies?
Dr. Luke answers that question as he describes the events of the Day of Pentecost, especially in Acts 2:1-12. Jesus’ followers had spent the past several weeks together in Jerusalem. Together describes more than just their physical proximity. The word is used three times in this one chapter to describe the attitude of the disciples toward each other. They shared everything.
They would have to share everything because many of them (then and now) would be kicked out of their families and perhaps lose their livelihood for identifying themselves as Christ-followers by being baptized.
As the church grew from 120 to 3120 in one day, and as more were added every day, they would have to rely on each other for their daily needs. The rest of the New Testament records how the believers bore each other’s burdens and met needs. And we see it continuing even now, almost 2000 years later.
As I said in yesterday’s devotional, on the Day of Pentecost, God fulfilled Joel’s prophecy in Joel 2:28-32 where God would pour out His Spirit on all kinds of people. No longer would He speak to only special people; He would now speak to ordinary people. Ordinary people like you and me. The result of God speaking to ordinary people was that three thousand people heard the Gospel spoken in their own language at the same time.
As I said yesterday, if you are one of God’s kids, you have the same Holy Spirit living in you that the Disciples did on the Day of Pentecost. And He can (and will) empower you to tell your story to your friends, family, coworkers, and even complete strangers.
The Disciples that day could have kept their mouths shut. And if they had, thousands — and eventually millions — would have died without knowing Jesus.