TOPIC: HOLY SPIRIT
QUESTION: "WHAT IS PENTECOST?
Study References: Acts 1:1-8, Acts 2:4, 1 Corinthians 12:7.
Pentecost is a Christian holy day that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit 40 days after Easter. Some Christian denominations consider it the birthday of the Christian church and celebrate it as such.
Originally, Pentecost was a Jewish holiday held 50 days after Passover. One of three major feasts during the Jewish year called 'feast of weeks', it celebrated Thanksgiving for harvested crops. However, Pentecost for Christians means something far different.
Before Jesus was crucified, he told his disciples that the Holy Spirit would come after him: John 14:16–17 says; "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you."(KJV)
10 days after he ascended into heaven was a Pentecost day, that promise was fulfilled when Peter and the early Church were in Jerusalem for Pentecost. Jesus had been with His disciples for 40 days after resurrection before he ascended into heaven. (Acts 1:3)
Acts 2:1–4 says; "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."(KJV)