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Pentecost Sunday

What is Pentecost?

Pentecost is when we celebrate the gift of receiving the Holy Spirit. Pentecost is

the day when believers first received this amazing gift. While Christians celebrate

Pentecost is actually a Jewish holiday. Pentecost is when Jewish people

celebrate the giving of the first five books of the Bible from God to Moses at

Mount Sinai.

So the Jewish festival Pentecost foreshadows the Christian Pentecost. Shavuot

(Jewish Pentecost) is the gift of God’s Word. Christian Pentecost is the

celebration of the gift of God’s Spirit.


Old Testament – Ezekiel 37:1-14

In this Halloweenish story, Ezekiel sees a vision of a valley filled with human

skeletons. God asks him if these dead bones can live again. Ezekiel says to God

that God alone knows if this can happen. God tells Ezekiel to prophesy to the

bones to become alive. So Ezekiel does this and wondrously muscles and skin

cover the dead bodies. But, they are still dead. So God tells Ezekiel to tell the

dead bodies to “Breathe and Live.” Ezekiel does this and all the dead bodies

become alive and stand to their feet.

What does Ezekiel’s vision mean? God explains the dead bodies are the Israelites.

The Israelites have lost hope that they will ever return to their homeland. Their

hopes and dreams have died. God is reassuring the Israelites that their hopes and

dreams have not died. We too can take hope when everything seems lost. God

hears us and he will revive our hopes and dreams at the right time.


Old Testament – Psalm 104

Psalm 104 tells of the glories of the Lord. It praises Him for all the beauty of

creation. It also praises Him for all He does for us. Listen to it sung in Hebrew.

https://youtu.be/--UABwqW9Sg


New Testament – Acts 2:1-21

This tells of how the first Christians came to receive the Holy Spirit. They were in

a house when suddenly a wind came in from heaven. There appeared tongues of

fires on each of their heads and they began speaking in other languages. Jewish

people from around the world had gathered in Jerusalem because of Pentecost.

They were amazed to hear non-native people speaking their language. But, some

people doubted and thought they were drunk.

Peter assures everyone that they are not drunk. He says they are seeing the

power of the Holy Spirit. He teaches everyone that this is what the Old Testament

prophet, Joel, meant when Joel said

AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,’ God says,

‘THAT I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT ON ALL  [p] MANKIND;

AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS WILL PROPHESY,

AND YOUR YOUNG MEN WILL SEE VISIONS,

AND YOUR OLD MEN WILL  [q] HAVE DREAMS;

18  AND EVEN ON MY MALE AND FEMALE  [r] SERVANTS

I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT IN THOSE DAYS,

And they will prophesy.

19  AND I WILL  [s] DISPLAY WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE

AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BELOW,

BLOOD, FIRE, AND  [t] VAPOR OF SMOKE.

20  THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS

AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD,

BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD COMES.

21  AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD

WILL BE SAVED.’

What does this mean for us? Most of us will not have a dramatic happening when

we receive the Holy Spirit. But, this does not mean our gift of the Holy Spirit is no

less real. The minute we ask Jesus Christ to become our Lord and Savior we

receive His Holy Spirit. His Holy Spirit lives in us forever and guides us with all our


New Testament – John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

This takes place during the Last Supper. Jesus tells His disciples that they will

receive the Holy Spirit. Jesus teaches them if he doesn’t die and go back to

heaven, they will not receive the Holy Spirit. He says He will leave them

abandoned.

This is true for us also. Jesus has given us the gift of His Holy Spirit. So we are not

abandoned. We always have His guidance. All we need to do is ask.


Spanish Lesson:

Qué es Pentecostés?

Pentecostés es cuando celebramos el don de recibir el Espíritu Santo. Pentecostés

es el día en que los creyentes recibieron por primera vez este maravilloso regalo.

Si bien los cristianos celebran Pentecostés, en realidad es una fiesta judía.

Pentecostés es cuando el pueblo judío celebra la entrega de los primeros cinco

libros de la Biblia de Dios a Moisés en el Monte Sinaí.

Así que la fiesta judía de Pentecostés presagia el Pentecostés cristiano. Shavuot

(Pentecostés judío) es el regalo de la Palabra de Dios. El Pentecostés cristiano es

la celebración del don del Espíritu de Dios.

Vea la página para colorear a continuación que muestra Pentecostés.


Younger Children Lesson:

Today we celebrate when Jesus gave us the gift of His Spirit. We call this the

“Holy Spirit.” This gift means when we accept Jesus His Spirit comes to live with

us. So we always have His Spirit whenever we need help or someone to talk with.

Below is a picture showing the first Christians receiving the Holy Spirit. God sent

the Holy Spirit as flames of fire on their heads so they would know they had

received His Spirit.



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