This week during our chapel time we recognized Pentecost, as we will be celebrating the 50th day after Jesus’ resurrection.
In the Jewish tradition, a feast that celebrated the beginning of the wheat harvest came 50 days after the last celebration of the First Fruits. Today, we remember Pentecost, because it is the occasion that God chose to fill believers with the Holy Spirit.
In Acts 2:2-4, it says, “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
Mrs. McGregor, who led our chapel this morning, shared a beautiful illustration that she had seen from Pastor Bruxy Cavey. Through the use of a Russian or Matryoshka doll, we visualized how God (the large doll) created us in His image (smaller doll). While we wanted to do our own thing, He loved us so much that He sent a representative of Himself, Jesus (medium doll) to come to Earth to reconcile us to Him.
In order for us to have the ability and power to live like Jesus, we need the Holy Spirit, who was sent to dwell in us (even smaller doll). The Holy Spirit thus lives in us when we repent and believe in Christ (Acts 2:38-39). So the Holy Spirit is placed inside of us, and we are ambassadors of Christ and live in Him, who is also God’s mediator to us. Therefore, we are all in God and under His care.
Let us not forget that we are nothing apart from Christ, but can do all things through Him as we reflect Him and His love for us.
J-D Lussier, Principal