Enslaved in Egypt, the children of Israel cried out for a deliverer. For long they had been tormented. God heard their cry and sent Moses. When Pharaoh refused to let His people go, God sent plagues, one by one, causing great distress and pain to the people of Egypt. The last of the plagues – the death of the firstborns, would prove to be the deciding factor. Moses instructed his people to kill a lamb and applied it’s blood on their two doorposts and lintels (Exodus 12:3-7). When nightfall came, the death angel passed over every household, and those who obeyed Moses’ instructions were saved (Exodus 12:12-13), and those who turned a deaf ear, saw the death of their firstborn. The Israelites were delivered from the hands of their oppressors as a great cry went throughout all the land of Egypt. Since then, they celebrated the Passover, observing all that God had commanded the people to do.
It wasn’t too long before the children of Israel were ignorant again. Once again, they were brought under captivity and, just as in the days of Moses, cried out for a deliverer. This time, God was not going to deal with their outward circumstances. He would deal with the inward being. Once and for all.
“Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.” Luke 22:1-2
The Israelites’ ideal Messiah did not show up the way they expected him to. They doubted his identity and accused him of blasphemy, a crime punishable by death. The children of Israel had no idea that while they were busy preparing for Passover, the Perfect Lamb was about to be killed; His blood an atonement for their sin.
It’s a tragic ending.
God is dead.
There would have been nothing “good” about Good Friday if it all ended there! His story did not just end at the cross. Jesus overcame the grave and rose again! He spent the next forty days showing the disciples infallible truths to confirm He is alive. Jesus knew that after His ascension they would face great tribulation for His name’s sake.
“Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” John 14:17-18
Almighty God had been walking with man in flesh. Now, He would now walk with man in Spirit.
In the book of Acts, just as he promised, God poured out his Spirit on them.
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4
Maybe that happened 2000 years ago. How sure are you that Jesus is alive, today? Now, more than ever, people are seeking for answers to this question. The answer to that, is His resurrection power. The disciples were bold not because of their own strength. Their encounter in Acts 2 was not just a feeling. They were filled with the Holy Ghost – and spoke with other tongues!
That same gift is available today. God is still pouring out his Spirit on all flesh, just as the prophet Joel prophesied.
How do I know Jesus is alive? I leave you with a verse of this song.
The same spirit
That raised Jesus
From the dead
Lives on the inside of me
– That Same Spirit, Eddie James