It is Pentecost
Today the church (universal) will celebrate Pentecost Sunday. It’s hard to believe that 50 days ago we observed Easter. The Jewish Passover recorded in the Book of Leviticus 23 was held to remember the time when God saved Israel from Egyptian...
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It is Pentecost

Today the church (universal) will celebrate Pentecost Sunday. It’s hard to believe that 50 days ago we observed Easter. The Jewish Passover recorded in the Book of Leviticus 23 was held to remember the time when God saved Israel from Egyptian slavery. Passover became a festival of first fruits. It was no coincidence that our Lord was crucified and rose again as the “First Fruit” of the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20). Exactly 50 days after Christ’s resurrection, the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles to give them power to be His witnesses and to call Israel to repentance in preparation for God’s Kingdom to be ushered in. The word “Pentecost” is derived from the Greek adjective “pentekostos” which means fifty. This day was a Jewish festival and a priest presented two loaves of unleavened bread, most likely as a symbol of the need for the nation to be united as they stood at the cusp of the Kingdom’s descent to earth. While it is common knowledge that Israel was a divided nation, (northern tribes and southern tribes) it was expected that when their Messiah returned He would reign over a united people and the nation would be one.

There are some well-meaning Christians who, at this time of the year will tarry and pray for another Pentecost and outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This indicates a lack of knowledge of what Pentecost meant. We can’t have another Calvary, neither should we expect another Pentecost. It is clear that the Body of Christ could not have started on Pentecost because Pentecost was an exclusive Jewish celebration which ushered in the New Covenant with Israel and Judah (Hebrews 8:10). The church that the Apostle Paul refers to (the Body of Christ) was not ethnic. It would seem logical and scriptural to conclude that Christianity, which was kept secret by God, only became the focus when Israel rejected the Covenant of Promise and the expected Kingdom on Earth was postponed. The earthly ministry of Jesus and the mission of His 12 apostles was Israel first, then the Gentles. The Heavenly ministry of Christ was a secret revealed to the Apostle Paul that Gentles and Jews (non-ethnic) could become one in Christ.

As we remember this day, may you glorify and praise the Lord for His amazing grace given to us as the body of Christ.

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