Summary of the Sermon by Senior Pastor Djohan Handojo, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 27 May 2018
The Day of Pentecost
When the Israelites went out from Egypt and entered the Promised Land, they were asked to celebrate the Feast of Harvest. Exodus 23:16 "and the Feast of Harvest, the first fruits of your labors which you have sown in the field; and the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labors from the field." Pentecost also means the Feast of Harvest.
In the early church, the disciples were given the power and authority to perform miracles and heal the sick when they laid their hands on the people. Today, as believers, when we pray and give praises in the House of God, we are given the same power and authority from our Lord God to do the same as the Holy Spirit is in the midst of us.
Exodus 23:16 also explains about the need for the first rain when planting seeds. The sower knows the planting season cycle and that the first rain was essential to grow the seeds and without the first rain the seeds will not grow but die. Starting from the first day, and after waiting for seven Sabbaths, which is the last rain, it was time for harvest. The first fruits of the harvest would be given to God as offering. In John 20, the first fruits of the harvest represent Jesus.
The first day of the week; after the Sabbath until the Feast of Harvest is 50 days (Pentecost) and it's the time when Holy Spirit is poured down.
When Jesus told His disciples to wait in the upper room in Jerusalem, they didn't calculate the time when they expected Jesus to come. Jesus resurrected that week; which means on the first day after the Sabbath and He showed Himself repeatedly during forty days to His disciples and five hundred others.
Why did He give this as proof? What was the purpose? It is to show that He is the Living God. To prepare His disciples and to send them to share the Great Commission and make all nations His disciples.
After Jesus’ resurrection, He ascended to heaven and He sent His Holy Spirit down to help His disciples. This event is called the Pentecost when His promises were fulfilled (Luke 24:49, Acts 2:1-4). It is celebrated by all Jewish people as the Feast of Harvest.
We're all called not only as Christians but as the ones who are filled with the Holy Spirit (John 20:22). The breath of God was upon the disciples.
When God created man and woman, it was a supernatural event when God gave the breath of life to man through the nostrils. This is called the Spirit of Life from Jesus’ Resurrection.
(John 14:20, John 15:4-5) Our branches should be connected to the source of life, which is Jesus Chris, if we want to bear much fruit. Jesus said to His disciples, which He is also telling us, that we need the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth and to receive the Holy Spirit so that we can serve God and minister to help people who are in need of the truth of God. The disciples knew they need more than that, they need the power of God as they faced persecutions and challenges in their time.
By having faith, if we believe in our hearts, if we confess with our mouths, whatever we ask God, He will do it for us according to His will.
The tongue of man:
- Full of bad words: The start of the sin
The tongue of angel:
- Example: When Mary was visited by the angel of God.
The experience in the upper room when the disciples prayed for ten days waiting for the coming of Holy Spirit. They started to speak in tongues, this is in the supernatural realm.
Glossolalia: Speaking in tongues or unknown languages
Xenoglossia: Interpretation of speaking in tongues
After the first outpouring, they were baptized by the Holy Spirit. This event was marked also when Cornelius' household was saved (Acts 10:45-47).
Speaking in tongues – when saying prayers that cannot cover or express, this is also as part of the worship. We don’t speak to men but to God (1 Corinthians 14:2, Acts 19:6).
When we speak in tongues, God will open the door of miracles and show us the wonders of His heavenly power. To face these days, we need the Holy Spirit to be healed from sicknesses, if we face challenges or threats from our enemies, or when we have any weaknesses, we will be more than winners.