I think about the disciples reaction to the death and resurrection of Jesus often. Even after seeing Jesus a few times and maybe even some of the 500 that came out of their graves, probably added to the confusion and lack of understanding. I loved that they did the one thing Jesus asked them to do – stay in Jerusalem. Add to that they knew they had to do more than just wait – they had to stay and pray together. This group of women – single and married – this group of men from occupations so diverse – fishermen, tax collectors, Zealots – all devoted themselves to prayer. I am sure they had no idea of the endowment they were to receive or the “powers” that would be manifested. They came together only to celebrate their hope in God amidst their fears, anxieties and even uncertainties.
When the rushing wind blows through the upper room, suddenly God takes this close-knit group of followers and they go outside to draw in people from other cultures and different languages. The pulling together, the drawing in that God promised Abraham so that all nations of the earth would be blessed, had begun. Jesus’ living, dying and rising had started something that God had planned since the very beginning. No wonder that the early believers could share all their possessions in common together. Coming together is the great hope of Revelation – one city, one people, one God.
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” Acts 2:4-12