When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the rushing of a violent wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw divided tongues that were like fire resting on each one of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, since the Spirit was giving them the ability to speak fluently.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to be with us; it is in faith believers are united. Regardless of our origin or language, you have given everyone the gift of repentance and forgiveness. We all begin and live our lives with the same challenge of sin; everyone is sinful; we all fall short of your glory, and not one of us is good. But you have also forgiven all equally through your love and mercy. The Holy Spirit begins faith in us through your Word and sacrament, so we believe the forgiveness you won for us when you suffered and died on the cross. Faith is the open hand that grabs hold of your eternal gift of salvation. At the cross, we have forgiveness for all our sins, not because of our doing, but entirely your love and mercy. Believers then hear and speak a united message, “God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but will have eternal life. … The one who believes in him is not condemned, but the one who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.” While your words are for everyone, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can only affect ourselves and stop rejecting you. Let us be confident to share with others the good news of your love we have been given. So that they, too, will come to know you and your love. May the Holy Spirit work in their hearts that they will trust your forgiveness of sins and have eternal life in your salvation. Amen.
Written through Pastor Roger Emmons
At times, when you do not know what to say to others (those who do not know Jesus), the Holy Spirit will give you the words. Just share what Jesus’ love—the forgiveness of sins, salvation, and eternal life—means for you.