Sunday LinkUp – 28May2023




“What Does This Mean?


  1. Today is Pentecost.  So, it should not surprise us that the theme for this week is the giving of the Holy Spirit, given that the Holy Spirit was given during a Pentecost celebration.  
  2. The question I want us to look at today is WHY?  Why was the Holy Spirit given on that day?
  3. The title of today’s message is What Does It Mean? … and our text is Acts 2:1-21.

Acts 2:1-21 (NIV)   

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  2 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. 

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.  When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.  Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?  Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?  Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs — we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”  12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”  

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”  

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.  15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose.  It’s only nine in the morning!  16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: (Joel 2:28-32)  

17 ‘In the last days, God says, “I will pour out my Spirit on all peopleYour sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.  18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.   19 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.  20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.  21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” ‘     


What was happening was the “pouring out” (the giving) of the Holy Spirit … to a group of persons, collectively … as a permanent indwelling presence.

Again, the question is WHY?  Two reasons come to mind:

  1. The Holy Spirit was promised.
  2. The Holy Spirit was needed.


John 15:26    When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father — the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father — he will testify about me.  

John 14:26    But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.  

The Spirit was promised for a reason.

2.  HE WAS NEEDED … The reason He was promised was because He was needed.  

John 14:26    But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.   

John 16:13-15  But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.  He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.  14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.  15 All that belongs to the Father is mine.  That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.  

1 Corinthians 2:10-11   these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.  The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.  11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them?  In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.  

Romans 8:10-11  But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.  11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.  

Romans 8:8-9   Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.   You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.  

Acts 1:3-5    After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive.  He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.  On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.  For John baptized with water (Greek has one word, no preposition) , but in a few days you will be baptized with (Greek = in) the Holy Spirit.”


Acts 1:8  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 

Luke 24:45-49  Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”


It is fitting to complete the Easter season on Pentecost, where we are reminded that the Holy Spirit has been given to the church, empowering and gifting us to worship together while bearing witness to Jesus and his Father in faith, hope, and love.

  • One of the reasons Jesus came was to reveal the Father.
  • He did that while He was here …
  • Now that He’s not here, in the flesh, that is our job.
  • Jesus has passed on that aspect of His ministry to us.
  • That is NOT easy … Indeed, it is impossible … without God’s Holy Spirit
      • (Zech.4:6 … So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.)
  • … and that is why God sent His Holy Spirit … That is what the event that took place on that Pentecost, many years ago, means.





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