Have you ever heard the song ‘There is a Redeemer’ by Keith Green? Being an 80’s child, I had the privilege of listening to Keith Green’s music as Mum used to play his songs (loudly) every Sunday morning! ‘There is a Redeemer’ was one that I would often hum during the day after hearing it in the morning. Today is a special day in the Christian calendar. It is Pentecost Sunday and as I began to reflect on the significance of this day I was reminded of this song. Part of the lyrics say “Thank you Oh my Father for giving us your Son, and leaving Your Spirit Here ‘til the work on Earth is done”.
Every year on Pentecost Sunday we remember God’s gift of the Holy Spirit given to us; His power available and living in us! We read in Acts 2:1-3 “When the day of the 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.”
By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are sent on mission; we are given spiritual gifts (wisdom, knowledge, healing, power, prophecy, discernment, speaking and interpretation of tongues); and we are all baptized by one Spirit, into one Body. Now, the Spirit of God which raised Jesus from the dead lives in us, His people!
Like the lyrics of ‘There is a Redeemer’ say, I am so thankful to my Father in heaven who has given us His Spirit. Today we remember and celebrate that from the Father, through the Son, we have all been given power of the Holy Spirit to love and serve God and be His witnesses to the ends of the earth.
Being a music lover I’d like to finish, by sharing the lyrics of ‘Consuming Fire’ by Tim Hughes which I think, are a beautiful reflection on Pentecost.
There must be more than this, O breath of God come breathe within. There must be more than this, Spirit of God we wait for You Fill us anew we pray, Fill us anew we pray. Consuming fire fan into flame, A passion for Your Name Spirit of God won’t you fall in the place, Lord have Your way, Lord have Your way with us Come like a rushing wind, Clothe us with power from on high Now set the captives free, Leave us abandoned to Your praise Lord let Your glory fall, Lord let Your glory fall Consuming fire fan into flame, A passion for Your Name Spirit of God won’t you fall in the place, Lord have Your way, Lord have Your way with us.