Today’s message concerns events that took place 50 days after Jesus rose from the dead. After His bodily resurrection from the dead, Jesus showed Himself alive by many infallible proofs for 40 days (Acts 1:3). He then told his disciples to wait in the city of Jerusalem until they were “endured with power from on high” (Luke 24:49), and He ascended up into heaven (Luke 24:51).
Ten days after Jesus ascended, The Holy Spirit was poured out upon His disciples. The gospel of the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus into heaven was being proclaimed with power and conviction.
The apostle Peter stood up to answer the question about the strange phenomenon of these Galileans speaking the message of Jesus Christ in languages that they had never learned before. It is then that Peter launches the first public proclamation of the gospel under the anointing of The Holy Spirit, with the result being that 3,000 souls were marvelously rescued from their debt of sin and the powers of darkness, and were ushered into the kingdom of God.
What God did that day was a manifestation of the power of the gospel. Today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). Today is the day when God will touch men’s hearts and give them new life by grace, through faith in the truth of Jesus Christ’s death, burial, resurrection and ascension into heaven. Jesus bids sinners to come to Him and find rest for their souls.
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:17)