Three Thousand Were Added

Sunday, June 8, 2014
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Acts 1:8 – But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (NKJV)

When I was a young person, the tradition as I remember it was that the emphasis of our faith was mostly on God. The minister preached a lot from the Old Testament, and in the Christian school that I attended, we loved the stories from the Old Testament as well: Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and the Israelites in the desert, and David and Goliath. Later, in the 1960s and 70s, it seemed that the emphasis shifted more to Jesus as the Jesus Movement took hold. And gradually, the Holy Spirit became a central point in the church. Even now, we will hear people say, "The Spirit is alive and well."

In the New Testament, we read that many people were following Jesus, but apart from the twelve disciples and the feeding of the 4,000 and 5,000 people, there is not very much mentioned about the actual number who joined Him.

After Jesus' ascension, we are told that 120 of His followers were gathered in the Upper Room waiting on His promise, the coming of the Helper, to be fulfilled. Suddenly, there was the sound of a strong wind in the room, tongues of fire were seen on the people's heads, they spoke languages that they had not learned, and they went out into the streets to talk to people. It was the Feast of Weeks, and there were thousands of people from many countries gathered in Jerusalem. Many listened to Peter speak, and "then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them." (Acts 2:41 NKJV)

The apostles remembered that Jesus had told them that after the Holy Spirit had come upon them, they were to be witnesses of everything they had seen and heard and to take the gospel of salvation from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. This they did indeed, starting right there on that very first day.

We are constantly reminded that the Christian church is struggling, and indeed, that is the case in many places. Over the years, a great many people of all ages have decided that they can do without the church. The expression of their faith in weekly worship is not at this time in their lives a priority. But on this Pentecost Sunday, may it be our mandate, too, to spread the gospel to all who want to hear. May it be our prayer that the winds of change will blow, that the flames of spiritual fire will spread, that the gospel of Jesus will be heard and accepted, that the expression of their faith in joining the fellowship of the believers on a regular basis will be a priority, and that thousands will once again be added to our numbers.

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, as we remember and think about the coming of the Holy Spirit to those people in Jerusalem so many years ago, we also think about what that means in our lives even here and now. We pray, Lord, that Your Spirit will speak to our hearts and to the hearts of many, and that, indeed, thousands will be added to our numbers. We offer this prayer in Jesus' name. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the wonderful reminder Joel.

    Thank you so much for this — especially today!

    Very important and well write message Joel thank you.

    Thank you Joel. As always, increasing our knowledge and faith.

    Good morning,
    Thank you for today’s inspiring meditation.
    Amen and Amen to your prayer.

    Dear Joel,
    You name has been under quite a number that I have read and appreciated.
    You are certainly blessed of God to be used in sending out these short devotionals. I read the devotionals daily and it gives me some insight into where and what the writer has experienced in their walk with God.
    May God bless you and make you a blessing.

    Dear Joel,
    This devotional grew in intensity from beginning to end and caused my prayer along with it to begin far before I came to the Prayer.
    A man from Africa, speaking in church this morning said, that in the part of Africa where he believed and grew in grace, the ministers were out on the streets presenting the gospel, while in Canada the ministers are in their offices.
    I’m not suggesting that ministers should not be in their offices to prepare their sermons, but can they not, and should they not, be out evangelizing the people of the wayside too?
    Thank you.
    Keep writing.

    Thank you Joel.

    Thank you Joel. As always increasing our knowledge and faith.

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