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The Promise for Believers!

Scripture reading for June 4th: Acts 2:1-47

The apostles and a total of 120 believers were waiting on the “Promise” of the Father.  They were gathered together in one place on the day of Pentecost.  This was one of the three times that Jewish men were required by the Law of God to come to the temple and worship.  Luke recorded this prayer meeting and the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise! (Luke 24:49)

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:1-4)  Those gathered for the Feast that day were curious as they heard these 120 praising God, many in their own languages. Some thought that these were drunk and others questioned what this meant.

Peter stood up, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and explained prophetically what was happening.  He quoted from the prophet Joel, stating that this was a fulfillment of Joel’s word from God about the last days.  (Acts 2:14-21)  Peter then spoke to them about Jesus of Nazareth and who He was.  He explained God’s plan to put Him to death and then raise Him from the dead. “Therefore, let all Israel be assured of this:  God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36)

When these people, many who participated in the crucifixion, heard the message, they cried out for help asking Peter and the other what they should do.  “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.  And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39)  Peter’s instructions opened the door for 3000 to become believers!  This same call is still bringing salvation and power to be Christ’s witness today!

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Sunday Rest and Reflection:Glory Restored!

Dear Friends of Jesus,

Greetings in the Glorious Name of Jesus Christ!  In Him is the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form.  He is the final word from God for man.  His life and teachings are revelation of the heart of God and bring life and immortality to light through the Gospel.  He is the reason we gather this first day of a new week to study and worship with others of like-precious faith.  He is the express image of God’s Glory, upholding all things by His powerful Word!  (Hebrews 1:3)

As I reflect on the past week’s readings from Ezekiel, I am again remembering this Sunday morning the vision of God’s glory that Ezekiel was given after a “hair-raising” journey of over 600 miles!  He saw the temple being defiled by the leaders of Jerusalem and those over the temple.  He saw God’s glory being escorted out of the Temple and the holy city of Jerusalem. The Glory paused at the temple entrance. (Ezekiel 10:3-4)  It stopped briefly over the East Gate of the Lord’s house. (Ezekiel 10:18-20)  The final place where this appearance of glory was seen was on the mountain east of the city, the Mount of Olives.  (Ezekiel 10:22-23)

As I meditate on this departure of God’s glory, I think of Jesus Christ coming again to the city and temple to reveal God’s glory to His own people.  Jesus taught in the temple and worshiped there.  Jesus drove the money changers from the temple, cleansing it with a whip.  Jesus prayed in agony in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives as He prepared to offer His body as the final sacrifice for our sins.  He died outside the city, hanging on a cross for us!  The ultimate sacrifice representing the glorious mercy of God for all mankind!

Jesus rose again in glory and appeared to His own.  He ascended in Glory from the Mount of Olives and promised to come back in the same manner He left, on clouds of power and great glory!  (Matthew 24:30-31)  (Acts 1:11-12)  In Solomon’s porch of the temple, on the Day of Pentecost, fiery tongues rested on the 120 disciples gathered there and they were filled with a deposit of God’s glory to empower them to reach the world with the message of Jesus Christ!  What a glorious God and Savior we have!  May you enjoy His glory as you worship today!

In His Love,

Pastor John

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