Today is Pentecost Sunday, which is 50 days after Easter. We celebrate the power of the Spirit empowering us to reach the world with the gospel. An article by the Christian Post lists the following 10 things we should know about today:
- Pentecost marks the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles.
- Pentecost occurs 50 days after Easter.
- The Bible records the Pentecost in Acts 2:1-13.
- It comes 10 days after the Ascension of Jesus.
- It is also known as "the birthday of the Church".
- Pentecost fulfills Jesus' promise to send the Counselor and Spirit of Truth (John 16:5-15).
- Pentecost launches the large-scale spreading of the gospel after Jesus' ascension. Acts 2:41 records that 3,000 people were baptized after receiving the Holy Spirit,
- The Pentecostal movement derives its name from the event in Acts 2.
- Jews also celebrate Pentecost, but not for the same reason as Christians. The celebration by Jews of Pentecost is to observe God giving the Ten Commandments 50 days after the Exodus (Passover).
- The color for Pentecost is red, after the flames described in Acts 2.
May you experience the power of the Holy Spirit in your life today!