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Pentecost: The Adventure Begins

Oct. 27, 2013

If you could take a trip to any place, where would you go? Perhaps you would set out on an African safari. Maybe you would like to see the Great Wall of China or eat a real Italian pizza in Rome.

The Book of Acts tells about a time when thousands of travelers from different nations went to Jerusalem to celebrate a holiday called Pentecost. Everyone was excited about the big event. But no one was more excited than the 120 people gathered in an upstairs room. They were followers of Jesus, and they were waiting for a special promise.

Jesus is God’s Son. He came to Earth to die for our sins. Jesus didn’t do anything wrong, but He took the punishment for all the bad things people do. When Jesus died on a cross, His followers were sad. How happy they were three days later when Jesus came back to life!

Jesus won the fight against sin and death. Everyone who trusts in Him can have forgiveness for sins and life in heaven that never ends. Of course, people can’t live for Jesus unless they know about Him. Everyone needs to hear this good news.

Before Jesus returned to heaven, He told His followers to wait for the promise of His Holy Spirit. This gift would help Christians please God and spread His message everywhere. Acts 1 records this story.

On the Day of Pentecost, the promised gift finally arrived. The followers of Jesus were filled with the Holy Spirit and praised God in languages they had never learned.
Foreign travelers in Jerusalem were amazed to hear words from their homelands. They wanted to know what it was all about. Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, stood up and preached the gospel.

Peter explained to the crowd how they could be forgiven and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit: “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” (Acts 2:38, NIV).

With the Holy Spirit’s help, Peter preached such a powerful message that around 3,000 people asked Jesus into their hearts. But that was just the beginning. Peter and the other disciples became missionaries for Jesus. From that day on, Christians started taking the gospel around the world.

The Book of Acts tells about their amazing adventures. As you read Acts, you’ll learn that you too can be a part of the adventure of spreading God’s good news to people who need to hear about Jesus.

Ask Jesus to come into your heart, fill you with His Spirit, and make you a messenger for Him.

— By Christina Quick

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