Acts 2:1a (NIV)
When the day of Pentecost came,
Welcome back to the day after the Day of Pentecost—again. Yes, it’s still Day One. So yesterday, my friend, Rob Mehner, who is serving with Jesus in Guatemala wrote this in an email to me:
JD, at the end of today’s Daily Text you asked, “Do you get what I am trying to say here?” You’ve done well explaining conceptually the difference between the day after Pentecost and the day after the day after Pentecost and each subsequent “day after”. But what specifically is the difference between “first day thinking” and “second, third, or fourth day thinking”?
Then Rob offered a response to his question:
For me the biggest difference is between the impact of Pentecost and the acknowledgment of it. Time acts like geographical distance. If I settle for Pentecost being an historical event instead of a current reality, I settle for the knowledge that the Holy Spirit is hanging out somewhere in me. However, if I elevate Pentecost to a daily event – a new morning and I arise full of the power that raised Jesus from the dead—I am much more likely to be impacted by the Spirit’s presence. It’s intimacy vs. information and power vs. an idea.
I found all of this very helpful; especially this bit: “Time acts like geographical distance.”
Once we shift from day one to day two we might as well be at day 734,000. We are on the path of drift into sleep. We no longer have an experience of the Holy Spirit, just a doctrine. It has become information rather than intimacy; an idea rather than actual power. We exchange a movement for a monument. To close the gap created by time we must have awakening. We do not need first-century Christians. We desperately need first-generation Christians. That’s what I’m going for.
We will do well to remember the first words of the first sermon of Jesus:
The time is fulfilled.
Translation: It is day one again.
We will do even better to remember the rest of that sermon:
The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the Gospel. (Mark 1:15)
It seems right now to close with our favorite exchange:
“Wake up sleeper and rise from the dead. . .”
Your turn: “And Christ will shine on you!” Ephesians 5:14
When the day of Pentecost came, . . .
Still Day One.
God our Father, who with your son Jesus Messiah, fills us with the Holy Spirit, thank you for closing the gap between the event of Pentecost and the experience of Pentecost. The time is fulfilled. It is now. The Kingdom of God is at hand. It is here. Jesus, wake me up fully to this right here right now reality. That is how I long to live life; in the right here, right now reality of you. Come Holy Spirit. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
How about it? Do you see yourself as a first generation Christian? We are blessed if we have a faith heritage. We do not, however, have a faith inheritance. God, as the saying goes, has no grandchildren.
For the Awakening,