As we reflect on the “Journey to Pentecost” this month, let us begin with the prophesy of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, and continue with the promise Jesus gave us before His ascension, the gift of the Holy Spirit. The exploration of this journey will strengthen our faith and allow us to be instruments of the Holy Spirit to accomplish all the Father as planned for us on this earth. I pray you will be encouraged as we explore the prophesy, promise, and prayer on our journey to Pentecost 2020.
The foreshadowing of the Messiah, Jesus, begins in Genesis and the prophesies are provided throughout the Bible. When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden by pursuing the lie of Satan, they immediately attempted to cover their nakedness with a fig leaf and hide from God. God approached them and His solution is found in Genesis 3:21, “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.” This is a foreshadowing of the sacrificial Lamb, Jesus Christ, that would cover our sins and allow us to come before the Father blameless because of the finished work of the cross.
The prophet Isaiah spoke specifically about the coming of the Messiah hundreds of years before Jesus was to walk on the earth as man. Isaiah said the Messiah would be born of a virgin and called Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14), a messenger would prepare the way (Isaiah 40:3-50), He would be born as a Child (Isaiah 9:6-7), and there are many other prophesies about the Messiah’s crucifixion (Isaiah 53). In addition to Isaiah, there are prophesies found in Zachariah, Psalms, Micah, Daniel, and others. The study and understanding of these prophesies strengthen our faith and trust in all the promises that have been written in the Word of God.
The fulfillment of these prophesies through Jesus was necessary to remove our sin so we could become the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Before Jesus ascended to Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father and intercede for us, He told the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5).
Jesus taught His disciples that it was necessary for Him to go away so the promise of the Holy Spirit could empower them to be His witnesses. Jesus states in John 16:7-15, “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
The cleansing of our temples of sin by Jesus, the promise of the Holy Spirit to empower us and to be our Advocate on this earth, is reason for celebration. As we journey to Pentecost 2020 let us embrace these precious gifts and allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify, strengthen, and empower us to do the work prepared for each of us.
When we approach our relationship with Jesus with a heart of thanksgiving for the fulfilment of these prophesies and embrace the promise and power of the Holy Spirit, our prayer life can be taken to new levels. The Apostle Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:17-19, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spiritof wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”
As we journey to Pentecost 2020, let us enter His presence seeking the Spirit of wisdom and revelation with a joyful heart. Celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and encourage those around us to pursue the relationship with Christ that we were created to have.
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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.