By Guest Blogger, Retha Groenewald
When I read the testimony of Walter H. it reminded me of another occasion of evangelism when people from all over the world heard the Gospel in their languages and were saved. They also returned to their countries, to their homes in the same way as the people in Walters testimony.
Walter H. from clinton, TN said:
Thanks to your donations of gospels of John we have been able to help people specially in the jails were we been distributing the pocket testaments I personally give thanks to GOD for using u guys distributing the gospel we been able to lead 23 people to Jesus before they been deported to their country actively I personally know of 8 that are visiting churches in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican republic. Thank you for everything God bless u in great ways
It was the day of Pentecost, 50 days after the Passover, when Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead on the third day. Jesus had visited the disciples and many others after he was resurrected, and before he ascended into heaven, where He is sitting at the right hand of the Father.
The last words Jesus spoke to his disciples were to tell them to wait for the Holy Spirit, and that they will receive the power of the Holy Spirit enabling them to become His witnesses all over the world. The disciples obeyed and stayed in Jerusalem and waited, and on the day of Pentecost
Jews from all over the world was in Jerusalem, observing the second of the three great pilgrimage festivals. There were Jews from, as we know the places today, India, north of the Persian Gulf, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, North Africa, Arabia, Crete southeast of Greece, and other countries. The list of nations covered most of the Roman world in the first century and probably the most comprehensive ancient list of the Jewish Diaspora (Jews living outside of Israel).
What happened on the day of Pentecost?
The disciples were united, together, when suddenly there came a sound from heaven. It sounded like a mighty rushing wind and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. The upper room was probably in a house near the temple grounds. That is the only place in Jerusalem that could contain 3000 people. Then the wind divided into fiery tongues resting on each one of them. In the Old Testament fire represented the presence of God in holiness and purity; impurities were consumed by fire.
The promise of Jesus came into fulfillment when they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues. All the Jews of all the different nations with different languages heard in their own languages what God had done. The people were amazed and they were astonished, because they could not understand how it was possible that these Galileans could suddenly speak in their languages. They wanted to know what was happening and what it meant, because surely this was a miracle.
Then there were the mockers who tried to sow disbelief among the crowd; their best effort was to say the disciples were drunk. This was a very lame attempt to ridicule, and Peter quickly exposed them by reminding everyone it was only nine oclock in the morning, much too early for drinking.
The crowds attention was on Peter. Peter began his evangelism speech by declaring that the prophecy of the prophet Joel had come into fulfillment. He then continued with his speech, proclaiming the four things the apostles always preached:
- Jesus Christ was the promised Messiah and all the Old Testament prophesies of his life, death and resurrection was fulfilled.
- The apostles were witnesses to Jesus entire ministry and were commanded to spread the Gospel to the entire world, and make disciples.
- People must repent and ask forgiveness for their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord