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the Christian festival which some call the birthday of the church!
When I was just a teenager my parents gave me one of the best presents I have ever received. It was a box of electronic components - a kit that I had to made up into an electrical multi-meter! It was just what a flourishing electrical engineer needed, but made much better by the fact that I had had to construct it first. It gave me a chance to do and to learn things which otherwise would be been beyond me.
The Biblical account of Pentecost records the transformation of Jesus's followers on that day from a frightened group of people, who where hiding themselves away in fear for their lives, into a bold and confident group who spoke out against the actions of those who crucified Jesus and to testify to His resurrection. The Bible records some 3000 people came to faith that first day through the convincing words of the first Christians! Pentecost was the day when Jesus's followers took on, and continued, the work that Jesus had done during his time on earth, through showing the love of God and His desire for peace and justice in the world. The gift of the Holy Spirit was the power of God which transformed the disciples in such a dramatic way and enabled them to do so much more than they would ever have done on their own - it quite literally launched the church!
Over the many year's since there have been many Christians who, with the same gift, have continued to speak equally powerfully and witnessed to the Resurrection of Jesus. Sometimes this has been at times of great persecution and cruelty when they have suffered brutality and even death for speaking out, as did some of the early Christians. But that same gift is available to every Christian!
The Holy Spirit is not a gift that just brings ease and comfort. It is a gift that makes us more like Jesus and more able to respond like He would, so as to make the world the better place God wants it to be.