Unlike Christmas and Easter, Pentecost receives a small degree of attention from most people in this era. In fact, Pentecost is a special day that we have to remember and understand.
Pentecost Sunday (Pentecost came from Greek words, pentecostē meaning fiftieth) also called Whit Sunday, Whitsun, or Whit is the fiftieth day after passover to commemorate the descent of Holy Spirit upon the apostles. According to John 16: 5-15, Pentecost fulfills Jesus’ promise to send the Spirit of Truth.
Brief History of Pentecost:
On the first Pentecost Day, all the apostles received the “gift of tongues” – the ability to speak in all languages – and they began to preach the Gospel to the Jews who flocked to Jerusalem. Miraculously, there were 3,000 souls were converted and baptised after hearing Peter preached the powerful sermon. Since then, Pentecost is marked as the birthday of the Church.
“2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:2-4)
Fire represents the Holy Spirit that filled the apostles with enthusiasm and replace their fear with courage to spread the good news of the Kingdom of God.
Wind symbolises “Ruah” or God’s first breath of love. On the first Pentecost day, the apostles were surrounded by a driving wind that assisted them to strengthen their faith.
Dove which is the symbol of peace, represents the Holy Spirit that hovered and descended over Jesus when He was baptised.