Pentecost

Our hope is for our kids to know that: The promised Holy Spirit is poured out  

I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Mark 1:8

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Acts 1:15 – 2:12) Jesus told the disciples that they need to wait in Jerusalem for a gift. After receiving this gift, they were supposed to spread the news of Christ and make disciples all over the world. In this passage we see that the gift Jesus was referring to was the Holy Spirit. As they were gathered together tongues of fire settled upon each of them, and a violent wind shook the entire place. They each began to speak in other tongues (languages) because they were filled with the Holy Spirit. People from all nations were there, and they each heard the disciples speaking in their own language. They wondered how this could be? This was God plan in showing that the gospel was for every nation, every tongue, and every person.

The Jesus Connection:
In the Old Testament, the feast of Pentecost was called the Feast of Harvest or day of the first fruits (Exodus 23:16; Numbers 28:26–30). On this day, bulls, lambs, and a goat were sacrificed, in addition to the regular offering, to make atonement.
Now that Jesus has been sacrificed upon the cross and salvation has come to the people of Israel, there is no longer need to kill the goat of atonement. In addition, the promised blessing to Abraham has been fulfilled. With the arrival of the Spirit of God, the disciples were free to begin the advance of the gospel to people of every tribe, language, and nation.

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