They were filled with the Holy Spirit. Not just some believers, but all of them.
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one
place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came
from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and
came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the
Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit
enabled them. – Acts 2:1-4
It was the miracle of the loaves and the fishes all over again. Jesus was raised up to heaven and multiplied. Now there was plenty of him to go around and they were filled to over flowing.
Before that day, the Holy Spirit came to special people at special times: David when he was chosen to be king of Israel, Mary at the conception of Jesus, Zechariah when he prophesied at the naming of his son, John.
But from then on all believers were given Jesus’s Spirit.
This means we never have to do anything on our own ever again. This means, as The Message says in Romans 8, “We don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!”
Whatever is going on for us, whatever we face, big or small, Jesus’s Spirit is there. Within us, he listens with compassion and feels what we feel, amplifying our joy and embracing our sorrow. Patiently, gently, the Spirit brings thoughts or memories to mind, that open our eyes to see what God sees and leads us forward. Then–oh my heart–our Companion goes with us! Together we do things and go places we never thought possible.
Jesus. In us. It’s a miracle day.
I really like the artwork… the 2nd one in particular because of the look on Jesus’ face how he looks so pleased with the little boy’s simple acts of faith, love and obedience; something He has for us too. It’s almost like “Now we’re getting somewhere… this is the stuff the Kingdom is built on!”
Thanks so much. The second image is from The Jesus Storybook Bible. Yes I love that image of Jesus, too.