The following words come from an article by Josh Hayes.
“Every generation has its watershed moments, events that divide time and make the “after” somehow different than the “before.”
For Millennials, 9/11 stands out as the prime example. For Gen-Xers, perhaps it is the fall of the Berlin Wall or the O.J. Simpson trial, and for Baby Boomers, maybe the assassination of JFK. But did you know that many churches this weekend will recognize a more impactful era-defining watershed moment than all of the aforementioned events combined?
According to the Church’s storied liturgical calendar (or Christian year), this Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, a day where Christians for nearly two millennia have celebrated the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on God’s people. However, when people hear the word “Pentecost” these days, they may be more likely to think about a particular denomination, sprightly choir robes, tambourines and ecstatic glossolalia (i.e., speaking in tongues).
A denomination alone, though, is not what Christians should associate primarily with Pentecost and its ongoing significance. Instead, when it comes to Pentecost, we should think new creation. We should shout, “The dead now live.” We should declare, “The King is on His throne”—and we’re not talking about the potential of LeBron’s playoff run this postseason.
Pentecost is the watershed moment for all who confess the name of Christ, since “no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except in the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3). Nothing more important has happened since then. No world wars, no technological inventions, no sporting events, nothing—no, not even one.
More than sorting us according to Millennial, Gen-X, or Baby Boomer, the Spirit’s advent tells Christians that we belong to an eternal order, not a by-gone era or a fleeting phase. We are citizens of a coming kingdom with no expiration date and no geopolitical boundaries, but nevertheless, we at present groan to go home as exiles living in a foreign but fading empire (Romans 8:22-23).”
The Spirit’s advent tells Christians that we belong to an eternal order, not a by-gone era or a fleeting phase.