Thursday, December 22, 2016

Day 22 - Power of Pentecost

Can you find the dove in the painting?  What do you think the empty jugs represent?

On the day of Pentecost, seven weeks after Jesus’ resurrection, the believers were meeting together in one place.  Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm in the skies above them, and it filled the house where they were meeting.  Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them.  And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit. — Acts 2:1-4a (NLT)  

      Before Jesus went back to Heaven, He told His disciples to wait because He was going to send them a gift called the Holy Spirit of God.  They obeyed Him and waited, and 50 days later on the day of Pentecost, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.  Because of the great power they received they would never be the same.  Today, everyone who believes in Jesus has the same Holy Spirit living in them.  Because of what God did at Pentecost, we have His power.  Jesus told them that the Holy Spirit would give them power to be His witnesses in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.

     Do you know what a witness is?  When the Holy Spirit filled the believers at Pentecost, they began to think like Christ… and walk like Christ… and understand things they couldn’t understand before.  They had become Christians, God’s children.  Do you have the mind of Christ?  Are you walking in the power of the Holy Spirit, like Christ?  Are you a Christian?

Today's Prayer

     Lord, it is awesome to read how You sent the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost in a sound to wake them up, a wind to make them move, a fire that would shine for the world to see, and tongues that would make them speak.  Please keep us awake to hear Your Word.  Help us move when You tell us to “go,” and use our tongues for You.  Change our lives so we walk like Jesus.  Shine Your light through us and fill our hearts with fire to share Your Good News.

Today's Activity:

     Read Acts 2:1-13.  Present each child a beautifully gift-wrapped night light that represents the Holy Spirit.  Discuss how its light can remind them of the light of truth God’s Holy Spirit brings to believers.   Talk about why Jesus told His disciples to “be His witnesses in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth,” and remind them of His Great Commission (day 15).

Seek & Find Answer to the question in the painting above:
The dove is right behind the standing believer.  It represents the coming of the Holy Spirit.  Flames of fire are also a sign of the Holy Spirit.  Empty vessels (jugs) sit at the front of the room like the believers waiting to be filled.

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