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025 the Christmas-Pentecost Connection

025 the Christmas-Pentecost Connection

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December 21, 2006
I just read a quote in the December edition of the "Link," one of the magazinesour Family produces, which triggered a train of thought about the connectionbetween Christmas and Pentecost. Christmas is the first incident we celebraterelated to Christ's coming to earth, and Pentecost is the last. In other words,Pentecost is in a sense the end of the story that Christmas begins to tell:At Christmas we have a handful of rather poor people, a carpenter from Nazarethwith his pregnant wife (whom he almost didn't marry because it wasn't
his
childshe was bearing, had God personally not encouraged him to go ahead), ahandful of shepherds, and a bunch of animals. Okay, there were the 3 kings, butthey came later, and all in all, it was a bit of a motley crew gathered in that stablethere in Palestine.Pentecost - well, since some folks can't really pin down what exactly Pentecost isor was in the first place - was traditionally the Jewish feast of the harvest, whichhappened to be the occasion at which the Holy Spirit was poured out among thedisciples of Jesus in Jerusalem after His resurrection. The result of thatoutpouring was the beginning of the Christian church: 3000 new souls won onthat day, and 5000 more a few days later (Acts 2:41, 4:4). In other words, theseed which God had sown by sending down that little baby on the first Christmasin that shaggy stable was blossoming forth into it's first bloom, and exploding withfruit, on the day of Pentecost.The day of Pentecost also resulted in the greatest and purest form of Communism ever known to man, which Karl Marx pitifully tried to imitate in hisidea, and we've seen the results of that. If you don't believe it, readActs 2:44,45 yourself. This distribution of wealth, over time, also brought the transition for many people from lack, want and poverty to abundance, apart from the spiritualriches which were poured out (you can find the gifts of the Spirit listed in1.Corinthians 12, and the 13thchapter dedicated to the greatest of them alone,and the fruits of the Spirit inGalatians 5:22, 23).Most people aren't even aware of the gifts of the Spirit nowadays, nor of thespiritual riches that have been poured on us through Christ's coming, but insteadwe're extremely preoccupied with the physical abundance God has blessed uswith (or at least the ability to obtain some of that abundance via loans & credit),heaping on our children and loved ones such an abundance of material things,that there's hardly ever time for them to ponder or grasp the spiritual meaning of Christmas.As far as I can see it, the material and physical appearance of Jesus inBethlehem points, 34 years later very clearly in the direction God wanted to leadus through Jesus: to the Spirit. Jesus said during His lifetime: "The flesh is goodfor nothing, it's the Spirit that gives life" (John 6:63). And isn't that the very lessonthat God is trying to teach us throughout the Bible, from Moses and the Pharaoh,Joshua and Jericho, over David and Goliath, on to the greatest victory ever 

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