The Spirit of Glory Rests Upon You

May 18, 2013 - 12:16 PM

Sunday is "Pentecost"...the day we remember the unique descending of the Holy Spirit upon Christ's apostles. In an amazing narrative (Acts 2) we read of how Peter stands among the amazed crowd, who hear the praises of God in their own tongue,  and speaks of how Joel's prophecy is now being fulfilled.  The Good News of Christ and His Kingdom is now being taken to the world like never before!  And by the power of the Spirit of God!  It is often referred to as the birthday of the Church.  

In Peter's letter to the churches of Asia Minor (present western Turkey) and the text we'll be exploring Sunday, he alludes to this event when he reminds the recipients: "If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you." (I Peter 4:14)  And that same Spirit of God rests upon us and it is by the indwelling Spirit of God that we can endure patiently in times of suffering and kept humble in times of blessing.  

As we come together to worship this Sunday, may we give thanks for the gracious gift of God's indwelling Holy Spirit.  And may we endure suffering and be humble in blessing as we walk with God in this great mission of proclaiming the Good News of His Kingdom to our city through our words and our works.  Let's celebrate Pentecost and the birth of Christ's Church, together; for how else could it be celebrated, but together?