Today is Pentecost!
Pentecost is the day that the church celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church.
It is a major feast day, coming right after Christmas and Easter.
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he instructed his disciples to wait and pray in Jerusalem until they received the gift that they had been promised. A Comforter would come that would bring a baptism of fire and power. The disciples waited and prayed in the upper room for nine days. On the ninth day, the day of Pentecost, a loud noise like a driving wind filled the house. Then tongues of fire appeared which parted and came to rest on each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues.
A really cool thing about Pentecost is that it occurred during a Jewish holy day where devout Jews from every nation were staying in Jerusalem. When the people heard the sound of the roaring winds, a large crowd gathered and were confused because they heard the disciples speaking in their own particular language. The people were astounded because they knew that the disciples were Galileans and could not figure out how the Galileans were speaking their language. In the crowd’s own languages, the disciples were speaking of the mighty acts of God.
Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, many were saved on that day, the followers of Jesus were given understanding of what had happened and what was going to happen. They were also given boldness and direction. In this awesome moment The Church, the Body of Christ was born!
Many churches have a Holy Spirit hole in the roof of the church where a dove would be dropped down, red flower petals or flaming straw(!!!!).
Celebrate this special day in your own home by putting a red tablecloth on your table or making a red food like red velvet cake.