“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.” Acts 1:8

This week on Friday, we celebrate Pentecost as a College. Jesus had promised the Holy Spirit to his apostles while He was with them for forty days after his resurrection before He ascended to heaven.

Pentecost was originally a Jewish tradition, the seven-week period that falls after Passover, which concludes with a feast. Passover was a time when the Jewish people commemorate the exodus from slavery in Egypt and ultimately a celebration of freedom. A couple of things were observed during these seven weeks, the giving of the Law (God-given through Moses on Mount Sinai) and the offering of firstfruits. This was a way for people to offer their best to the Lord. One custom during this time was an offering of bread baked with leaven, a symbol of sin. The significance of Jesus dying for our sins during the time of Passover was that he became the offering for our spiritual freedom, the freedom from the slavery of sin.

After the believers received the gift of the Holy Spirit, they were emboldened (given courage and confidence) to share with everyone the wonderful things that God had done through Jesus including the ability to perform miraculous signs and wonders in the name of Jesus (Acts 5). After this time, the early Christians spread out preaching the good news across the globe.

Pentecost is a time where we can celebrate being redeemed as part of the body of Christ and contemplate the fact that our primary purpose is to proclaim the gospel. It is a reminder to be thankful for all that the Lord has done for us and the freedom that he has given us through his sacrifice and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

As a College, we are looking forward to the following events:

 

Simon Geeves
Head of Senior Phase