And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4) In the Book of Joel, God promised to “pour out” His Spirit “upon all flesh.” This promise was kept and fulfilled when on the day of Pentecost – fifty days after Christ’s resurrection – the Holy Spirit came to the upper room where the disciples were assembled. There were fiery tongues and a mighty wind.
Great and strange things were promised to follow this unprecedented fulfilling of God’s promise, one of which was Peter’s announcement to Israel: “let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
Wow! The humble Jesus of Nazareth, who in his lifetime had nowhere to lay his weary head, is now the risen “Lord and Christ”.
Don’t you wish you were there to witness this momentous event and be a recipient of the blessings that followed? The truth is you can – by faith. The author of the book of Hebrews says, God will “put [His] laws into [your] hearts, and in [your] minds will He write them.” So now we have the indwelling Spirit.
Another great and strange event that followed Pentecost was the manifestation of the power associated with the Name.
Peter again: he declared in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Only this name can save! What power!
But what does his “name” mean? We understand from Biblical usage that a person’s name means his character and all that he is and does.
Hence, Peter’s declaration that salvation is not available from any other name is a climatic declaration.
Interestingly, this declaration was made the day after Peter and John healed a cripple at the Temple Gate by saying: “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6). Testifying to the crowd that had assembled following the miracle, Peter said: “His name through faith in His name hath made this man strong” (Acts 3:16).
Healing and restoration came by His Name. So do peace, joy, comfort and hope.
Therefore, let us “hold fast” the Name of Jesus and be faithful to proclaim it!
Pastor Robert Chew