Before Jesus was crucified for the forgiveness of the world’s sins (John 19), he spoke with His followers and comforted them. He let them know that the Father would be sending a very special blessing to them. He made sure they knew they were not going to be alone.
“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever–the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”
Jesus speaking in John 14:15-20
What Jesus is telling them is that after He is crucified and ascends to the right hand of the Father in Heaven, He will ask God to send down the Holy Spirit to all believers and fill their souls with Him. Jesus is literally saying He is in God, we are in Him, and He is in us–literally, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Jesus speaking in John 14:25-27
Jesus is very clear that the Holy Spirit will be coming! He is comforting them and He does not want His followers to be afraid. He knows the evil one (a.k.a. the prince of this world) is coming for Him, and Jesus knows His mission is to forgive the sins of the world and defeat that evil prince.
“I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.”
After Jesus died and rose from the dead on the third day, He appeared to His followers and spent time with them for 40 days before He ascended into Heaven. On one occasion he took the time to promise His followers again that the Holy Spirit was coming soon.
“In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
So, what was it like when the Holy Spirit came down from Heaven? Great question! In the next verses, keep in mind that it was 33 A.D. in Roman occupied Jerusalem. Jesus had just been crucified a little over a month earlier. Christians were being persecuted by the Romans and the Jews. The believers were huddled together in an upper room of a house they were hiding in. Jerusalem was not a safe place for them to be, but they obeyed the Lord and waited. Their courage and patience was well worth it! Let’s take a look:
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in once place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
Now, that is not what it was like when I received the Holy Spirit in ’96, but I was filled with an inexpressible joy and peace, and a couple months later I cast out a demon by the power of God inside me. I did hear that wind though when I stopped breathing and came back in 2012! Folks, please listen to me, that was the same wind my wife and I heard when I came back after I had stopped breathing from anaphylactic shock! My wife prayed over my lifeless body that the Lord would bring me back, and just moments later she witnessed my mouth open and our whole bedroom was filled with the sound of a rushing wind! The wind went into my mouth and I took a huge deep breath, opened my eyes, and I was back in my bedroom again! I was in the wind and it deposited me back in my body! Yes, you read that right. It was swirling all around me, and it was loud and beautiful! I was completely safe and protected! That is the Holy Spirit power and we still see the same power and miracles that the Apostles did in their time! I am testifying Lord! Glory to Your Name!
I pray with all my heart that everyone who does not know Jesus comes to know Him today! Please know that Heaven and hell are very real. Please know that Jesus is alive and He will still fill you with His Holy Spirit when you receive Him as your Lord and Savior!
I am still alive today because I am sealed with the Holy Spirit of God, which I received in 1996 when I accepted Jesus–Amen, Amen, and Amen! The Holy Spirit is very much active on the earth in our time. I just wanted you to realize that Jesus is still keeping His promise almost 2,000 years later!
Grace and peace to you all!