The day of Pentecost came about 50 days after Jesus had risen from death & about 10 days after he had returned to heaven (229). On that day, the believers gathered in Jerusalem to remember Jesus & to worship God & to draw close to him in prayer.
Suddenly, the Holy Spirit of God invaded each member of their fellowship — with the sound of a strong wind & the appearance of flames flickering over every person there!
As the Spirit gave them power, all the believers began testifying boldly about how Jesus had changed their hearts & changed their lives — speaking in many different languages & dialects.
When a large crowd of people gathered to learn the cause of this uproar, every one of them was able to hear testimonies about Jesus in their own language & dialect. They were amazed that this common testimony about Jesus was being shared by so many different people at the same time!
But there was also confusion. It was well known that many of the believers were from Galilee, which was a fairly isolated area of Israel. So how were they able to speak in so many languages & dialects? Many kept asking, “What’s going on here?” Predictably, some people in the crowd made fun of the believers, saying, “These people are drunk!”
Then all twelve chosen witnesses for Jesus stood up as Peter addressed the crowd.
“People of Jerusalem, let me tell you what’s going on here. None of us are drunk at nine in the morning. What’s happening here is consistent with what God said long ago through the prophet Joel:
“‘In the last days, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
- Some will learn what I expect by proclaiming my message.
- Some will see what I’m doing through dreams & visions.
- Some will witness my miracles in the sky & my wonders on the earth.
“‘Finally, at the day of my judgment, there will be blood, fire, & thick smoke; the sun will be darkened, and the moon will be red as blood. But I will save anyone who calls on me for help!'”
(229) Acts 2:1-21