March 17, 2012

The Breath of God • Acts 2:1-11

And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. (Acts 2:2)

Here we have the actual moment the disciples have been waiting for. Even though it was expected, it still arrives with suddenness and surprise. No one knew exactly what to expect. After ten days of nothing out of the ordinary, the extraordinary breaks into their morning.

We will find out later that at 9 am they were all gathered already. Perhaps it was the fact that it was a feast day and no one was working anyway that explains how they could all be gathered at such an early time of the day.

The first thing Luke mentions is the sound. It was the sound of a mighty rushing wind, a powerful wind. It isn’t actually a wind. There is no destruction described. But the sound of that wind filled the house through and through. The house they were all gathered in was filled with the sound of a mighty rushing wind. It is interesting to note that this same word wind is used in the LXX, the Greek translation of the Old Testament that was so widely used in the first century, in Genesis 2:7. In describing the creation of humankind, God forms a man out of the dust of the earth and breathes the wind of life into him. Once again, that wind, that breath of God brings life to humankind. There is a creation aspect to what God is doing here. In the giving of the Holy Spirit, God is giving new life, rebirth, eternal living. This gift will eternally transform those who receive it.

Charles McLeod, our Associate Pastor, will be preaching from Acts 2:1-11 in our service this coming Sunday, March 18, 2012. Worship begins at 10:45 am. Come and join us, 3201 W 15th St. Plano, TX 75075. Video and audio of the sermon is posted during the week at our website: To access the messages directly, click here.

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