May the Spirit of Christ dwell in you richly and give you peace.

Pastor Denton Lester Words like Covid-19 or coronavirus were words that I had never heard before about February of this year. I understand, however, that there are many coronaviruses in the world and that they are among us. Coronavirus was first recorded in 1965-70; so called from the coronalike array of spikes projecting from the capsid. It is certainly a word that has changed the world. It, for so many people, has invoked a sense of fear and uncertainty about the future.

Pentecost is also a word that changed the world. Pentecost is the seventh Sunday after Easter, and it is the day we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus in the upper room after His ascension. Jesus said to His disciples just before He ascended into heaven, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). So the word Pentecost should invoke within believers not a sense of fear and uncertainty but rather a sense of the power and presence of the Holy Spirit of God.

“You have the
words of
eternal life.”
John 6:68

The celebration of Pentecost has been a part of the church from its formation. Those who were followers of Christ we are told returned to Jerusalem after the ascension as they were directed to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit and the power that Jesus promised. There they gathered together in the upper room and waited. While they were waiting, it says that they devoted themselves to prayer, along with the women and Mary, the mother of Jesus and His brothers.

It was a “stay at home” order from Jesus. They were to wait for the Holy Spirit and power that was to come. Of course, when the day of Pentecost finally came, those who had waited, those who had been devoted to prayer, were filled with the Holy Spirit, and the world has never been the same. Peter preached one sermon and about 3000 came to Christ. Pentecost is traditionally said to be the birthday of the church. There was an awakening a movement of the Spirit of God like nothing that had ever been before. From that day we are still hearing the same message that Peter preached. It is still changing lives, and the church is still to continue the call of Christ to be witnesses to the remotest part of the earth.

Perhaps the “stay at home” that we have recently been doing is for us to wait. To wait for the Spirit of God to fall afresh on us that we may know the power that Jesus told His followers about. As followers of Christ, as people who profess the life-changing effect of knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, shouldn’t we know the power and presence of the Holy Spirit? Shouldn’t we be bolder for Christ than ever today?

Perhaps we are being readied for a time that God, through His Holy Spirit, will again change and revive the world one more time.

I was talking with a lady at the post office today who said perhaps this virus is just for the purpose of people finding God. I said amen. Some have been called out of sleep, they do know that salvation is at hand.

Again may we say that this is a time of preparing; a time to be devoted to prayer and the study of His Word that we may all find the power of His presence in His Holy Spirit. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21).

See you in church.

Pastor Denton
            Pastor Denton

June 2020