Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative to present the apostles in the context they walked in with the unknown disciple that narrates introducing my thoughts and sparking more ideas with his questions. Enjoy.
It had been 50 days since Passover when Jesus was crucified. About 8 days since he left, returning to heaven. The Festival of Weeks has begun.
When the day of Pentecost came, we were all together in one place. The Twelve, the women, Jesus’ brothers and mother, along with other disciples, waiting as he said to do.
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where we were sitting.
“What is that?” I shouted.
“It sounds like wind, but I don’t feel it!” John shouted over the noise.
We watched what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of us. I looked up at the one over my head.
“Is this the Holy Spirit?” Andrew asked.
We began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled us. A whole different language flooded my mind.
The sound drew a crowd. I looked out the window to see a massive group of people staring at us, confused. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes, and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
I thought of the Tower of Babel, where God gave everyone a language and scattered them. Now we have all the languages so we can bring them back together again to God.
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven and walked to the window. No longer was he the same man who denied Jesus and ran away. Something was different.
Peter raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
“‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men, and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
“Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death because death couldn’t keep its hold on him. David said about him:
“‘I saw the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest in hope,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
you will not let your holy one see decay.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.’
“Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. For David did not ascend to Heaven, and yet he said,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.”‘
“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
We heard a shout from the crowd. “Brothers, what shall we do?”
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
I listened as Peter continued, with many other words, and he warned them and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to our number that day.
We led them to the many pools by the Temple mount, and in a few hours, it was done. All had been baptized.
As time passed, the people devoted themselves to our teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by us.
All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day, they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God, and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to our number daily those who were being saved.
I was looking forward to the imminent return of Jesus. Until then, we had to continue spreading the message.