총 게시물 470건, 최근 2 건

A MEANING OF PENTECOST

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-05-24 (목) 23:01 조회 : 78
설교일 : 2018.05.20
설교자 : Charles Boayue, Jr. 감리사님
본문말씀 : Acts 2: 1-21

A MEANING OF PENTECOST

Acts 2: 1-21

New International Version

The Rev. Dr. Charles S. G. Boayue, Jr., preaching

 

1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.  5Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.  6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.  7Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?  8Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?  9Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11(both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”  13Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”  14Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:  17“‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.  Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.  18Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.  19I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.  20The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.  21And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”                                                        [Acts 2: 1-21 New International Version]

        The scene is Jerusalem, about 50 days after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  A horrible series of human sins left the people in shock.  A perfectly innocent man, Jesus of Nazareth, had been falsely accused; betrayed; arrested by guards in the Garden of Gethsemane; questioned by Jewish religious leaders; denied by Peter out of fear; traded by an organized mob for the release of a murderer (Barabbas); surrendered to mob justice by Pontius Pilate; insulted and crucified; doubted by Thomas; buried in a borrowed tomb; and resurrected back to life!  His disciples, frightened and intimidated, took refuge in an Upper Room on the outskirts of the City, waiting for an opportune moment for their next step.

 

        Meanwhile at the Temple, the epicenter of hostility against Jesus Christ, the high priest and leaders were poised to celebrate the defeat of the Jesus Group.  If they succeed, Israel’s destiny would be left to human manipulation which in effect would keep them in charge of the Jewish people and their resources.  They would continue to bargain away Jewish rights for personal gain and advantage under Roman domination.  But if Jesus’ way prevails, there would be radical transformation in Israel for the people who lived in darkness to see a great light.  Evil would be challenged; injustice confronted; earthly powers and dominions questioned; equity enabled; justice and righteousness unleashed like mighty waters and ever-flowing streams; sins forgiven; sinners redeemed; and the whole creation rescued from futility and restored to bountiful life!

        Israel faced a choice: resignation to the evils they deplored or acceptance of salvation through Jesus Christ.   That choice is the same choice you and I have today.  It is the choice of human existence and the work of faithful discipleship.  This choice answers the life-long question: “Why am I here?”

 

 

The events narrated by Peter in the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles are difficult for modern people to understand because they are spiritual occurrences with divine implications.  Their meaning is more important than their nature. The descent of the Holy Spirit (like flames of fire) upon each of the disciples individually, enabling them to boldly utter proclamation about the will, purpose, power, and glory of God, unleashes a divine challenge to the power of Earthly Kings and Kingdoms. It gives birth to the Church and establishes the Church as a divine institution which no power on Earth can fully control.

 

The Holy Spirit causes the disciples to be of one accord; to speak and understand in all languages; and to proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ!  Their remarkable unity of purpose; clarity of mission; and bold proclamation of salvation through Jesus Christ shocks the citizens and visitor of Jerusalem and causes some of them to ask the question in verse 12: “What does this mean?

 

What does it mean that a group of disciples who always argued about the simplest things to have such unity of purpose, clarity of mission, and bold proclamation of the good news?  What does it mean that these disciples are suddenly bold, confident, and strong?  Why are they no longer afraid and hiding?  If they are not drunk with wine, what has possessed them in this way?  Why are they apparently willing to risk their lives and fortunes on this ministry? Why does Peter, the same man who once denied Jesus, now stand before a large crowd to condemn all who crucified Jesus and exhort them to bow and confess before Him?  What does this mean?

 

What does this mean?  “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?  8Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?  9Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11(both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”   What does this mean?

 

What does Pentecost mean?

 

Pentecost means that God is in control!  Pentecost means that God can take ordinary people and do extra-ordinary things through them!  Pentecost means that although we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil!  Pentecost means that the battle is not ours, but the Lord’s!

First, Pentecost means that God is in control!  Prior to the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, they were under the control of their own minds.  Disciples of Jesus Christ need to understand that, although we are laborers in Christ’s vineyard, the vineyard belongs to God and not to us!  When you understand that you serve a risen Savior – the One through whom all things were created, the One who has the entire world in His hands, and One who will preside over the final judgment, then you will fear nobody.  You will be able to confront injustice, proclaim the good news, defend the faith, declare forgiveness of sins, and cast out demons!

 

Second, Pentecost means that God can take ordinary people and do extra-ordinary things through them!  God anointed David, when he was still a little boy, to become King of Israel.  Through many dangers, toils and snares, David became King of Israel.  God wanted Sarah to have a child.  Although Sarah was very old and did not believe she could conceive a child in her old age, God enabled Sarah to have Isaac.  God wanted to use Moses to set the Israelites free from Egyptian slavery.  Although the Pharaoh ordered the execution of all first-born Jewish boys in Egypt, God helped Moses’ mother to place him in a basket on the edge of a creek where the Princess of Egypt regularly took her bath.  God helped the Princess to find the baby Moses, take and raise him in the palace until Moses was old enough to escape and return many years later to set the Israelites free from Egyptian slavery!  God takes ordinary people and does extra-ordinary things through them!

Third, Pentecost means that, although we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil!  The Holy Spirit is the power of God – it brings power and strength.  The Holy Spirit empowered the disciples to fear no evil.  Disciples of Jesus Christ fear no evil because we understand that God is with us!  When God is with us, who can be against us?  The knowledge that God is with us, assures us that no matter what may come, God will make us conquerors, victors, and champions!  When evil hung Jesus on the Cross and crucified Him there, death did not have the final word.  On the morning of the third day, God resurrected Jesus, blew away the stone, and lifted him high above the principalities and dominions of this world.  Even his executioners must now bow down and confess their sins before him.  The Apostle Paul assures us that “neither life nor death; principalities nor powers; nor height, nor depth; nor things visible, nor things invisible; nor things present, past or yet to come, nor anything in all creation shall be able to separate us from the love of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” 

 

And fourth, Pentecost means that the battle is not ours, but the Lord’s!  All ministry, all mission work, all salvation is the work of God through Jesus Christ.  On that first day of Pentecost in Jerusalem, Peter and the disciples, empowered by the Holy Spirit, realized that the work to which they were called is not their own work, but the work of God!  And we here today must understand that the work of ministry is not our work, but the work of God!  Charles Wesley, in his hymn “And Can It Be” tells us of the work of Jesus Christ: “And can it be that I should gain an interest in my savior’s blood?  Died he for me who caused his pain; for me whom he to death pursued.  Amazing love how can it be that thou my God should die for me? … He left his Father’s throne above – so free so infinite his grace.  Emptied himself of all but love and bled for Adam’s helpless race.  It’s mercy all, immense and free; for Oh my God it found out me.”

 

For all those who thought that the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was the end of the story of God’s saving grace for humankind; for those who thought that the powers of this world were invincible; for those who doubted God’s unconditional love; for those who labor and are heavy-laden; for those who think that there is nothing after death; for those who doubt the power of Almighty God; for those who prefer darkness over light; and for the vilest offender who is ostracized by those who think they are God’s preferred people; Pentecost means that you have a marvelous chance, a great hope, an awesome opportunity, an unconditional love, and a saving grace that reaches out to you today to remind you that it isn’t over until God says it’s over!


   

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제목 : The Clumsy Love
설교일 : 2018.06.17
본문말씀 : 1 John 4:7-12
설교자 : Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
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