Understandably, the followers of Christ were in a state of despair and inactivity immediately following the crucifixion. However, the malaise seemed to linger on even though Christ appeared in their midst, and ate with them and taught them.
For nearly two months, the disciples seemed to be moved very little by the appearances of Christ, although these were events of great spiritual significance. It was as if they were frozen perhaps, spiritually empty, unsure of themselves.
On Ascension Day however, things took a different turn. Upon the ascension of Christ the disciples became physically and spiritually moved to action. The scriptures record that they began to worship again and with great joy returned to the temple in Jerusalem, where they stayed continually praising God and waiting.
Then, on the day of Pentecost, they were so filled with God’s Spirit that they literally charged out from behind closed doors to boldly preach the Gospel of Christ. Not even the resurrection of Christ had this kind of effect on the early believers. It took the inflowing of the Holy Spirit to break them out of fear and timidity and two months of spiritual trill turned into a spiritual torrent.
In one day three thousand people witnesses to these events were changed forever.
What an amazing, crazy day it must have been when the Holy Spirit appeared on the day of Pentecost.
“The wind began to switch, the house to pitch, and suddenly the hinges started to unhitch.” Oh wait, that’s the tornado in The Wizard of Oz.
The wind starts blowing, tongues of fire start appearing on peoples’ mouths, and next thing you know everyone is speaking in languages they didn’t even know . . . and yet somehow people heard messages they could understand.
The event was so spontaneous and unusual that onlookers thought they were crazy-drunk.
This must have been a wild- crazy experience. And yet out of this experience, Peter recognized that Joel’s prophetic promise was coming true: a new day of creation was beginning—a season of new visions and dreams.
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness, and streams in the wasteland.” -God