What do you think that the significance is of the giving of the Holy Spirit taking place during a harvest festival?
The Bible says, ‘Celebrate the Festival of Weeks with the firstfruits of the wheat harvest’ (Exodus 34.22)
The festival of Weeks (later known as Pentecost) was a time when the harvest was celebrated but it was also acknowledged that there was so much more to come.
On the day of Pentecost, 2000 years ago Jesus’ followers were in a house in Jerusalem. Just over a week earlier, Jesus had ascended back into heaven but before he went, he had told them to wait until the Holy Spirit gave them power.
As the disciples gathered on that day, they would have been thinking of harvest and in particular of the firstfruits.
On that day, the Holy Spirit came and filled each of them. They were so full of the presence of God that they ran outside telling everyone what had happened and by the end of the day, around 3000 people had come to follow Jesus.
The day of Pentecost is an amazing and inspiring event, but God was also saying that this was just the beginning. This was the firstfruits of the Holy Spirit and there is so much more to come.
As part of his sermon on that day, Peter taught that the Holy Spirit was for all followers of Jesus. Each of us can have the presence of God living inside of us which is an amazing opportunity and privilege.
Will we ask the Holy Spirit to fill us and to change us, helping us to follow Jesus each day?
Whatever your experience of the Spirit, I believe that there is much more to come!
You can read an account of the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was given in the Bible, you can find it in Acts 2.