Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Thursday prior to Pentecost


Acts 2:1-21 The Epistle lesson is the entire story of the events of Pentecost. Pilgrims from every corner of the globe had descended upon the city of Jerusalem to celebrate. On that day Christ was preached to the nations and the nations were brought to the church. Pentecost is not the birthday of the church – it existed well before the feast of Pentecost. Pentecost is the birthday of missions when the church is reminded that we are to go out into the world with the message of the Gospel.

The familiar, but always exciting story of the day of Pentecost is our second lesson. Early in the book of Acts, Luke sets the tone which he carries throughout the rest of the book. The Spirit works upon and acts upon the heart and mind.  In powerful words that spring to life as we hear them Luke describes the coming of the Spirit into the room where the disciples were gathered. Notice that there is an immediate reaction to the Spirit’s work. The disciples speak in languages that all the various and sundry nationalities present in Jerusalem can hear and understand what they said. When God wants to, He makes it possible for all those who understand different languages to get meaning from the disciples’ words, unlike his action in the Genesis lesson where he created the various languages to put humanity in its place.

The Savior Himself predicted the events of Pentecost. Look up Matthew 24:14. The gospel was preached to the nations on the first Pentecost. For centuries the gospel message has encircled the globe. It has been preached on every continent. But specifically on September 15, 2001 from the National Cathedral in Washington DC the message of Christ and Him crucified was beamed literally around this planet through radio and television as the world watched and listened. Some may ask, “When will the end come?” Pentecost gives us the answer. The end will come - when the last pagan is converted.

In the Pentecost portion of the church year we pray for the Spirit to used God’s word to produce a harvest of souls. Likewise we pray that the seeds recently planted might grow and mature into an abundant harvest.

A collect for Agriculture: Almighty God, You bless the earth to make it fruitful, bringing forth in abundance whatever is needed for the support of our lives. Prosper the work of farmers and all those who labor to bring food to our table. Grant them seasonable weather that they may gather in the fruits of the earth in abundance and proclaim Your goodness with thanksgiving; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. [2]– 02 June, 2022

[1] Holy Spirit Dove, copyright © Ed Riojas, Higher Things

[2] Collect for Agriculture, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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