Have you heard of Pentecost, and do you know why Christians celebrate Pentecost?
Today is Pentecost Sunday. However I realise for many, you may not know why the day is special or what is celebrated. Unlike Easter and Christmas, when colourful eggs, Easter bunnies, Christmas trees and Santa Claus give us a reminder of the special Christian holidays that a coming soon, there is nothing I’m aware of that commercial promotes Pentecost.
So for those who are interested in what Pentecost Sunday is, and why it’s celebrated by Christians around the world, here’s a few facts about Pentecost:
- Pentecost Sunday marks the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles.
- Pentecost Sunday is 50 days after Easter.
- The Bible records the Pentecost in Acts 2:1-13.
- Pentecost is 10 days after the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven.
- Pentecost is sometimes called “the birthday of the Church”.
- Pentecost fulfills Jesus’ promise to send the “Counsellor” and “Spirit of Truth” in John 16-5-15.
- Pentecost launches the large-scale spreading of the Gospel after Jesus’ ascension. Acts 2:41 records that after Peter spoke to the crowd having receiving the Holy Spirit, some 3,000 people were baptised.
That was just a brief overview of why we celebrate Pentecost. However I came across the following photo during the week which probably sums up Pentecost better than any of the above.