Acts 1:12-14 – The disciples left the Mount of Olives and returned to Jerusalem, less than a mile away. Arriving there, they went into a large second-floor room to pray. Those present were Peter, John, Jacob, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, Jacob (the son of Alpheus), Simon (the zealot), Judas (the son of Jacob), and a number of women, including Mary, Jesus’ mother. His brothers were there as well. All of them were united in prayer, gripped with one passion, interceding night and day.
This is quite a group of people, you could say this was the main fruit of the ministry of Jesus. Of the five hundred that saw Him on the Mount of Olives, one hundred and twenty remained. What were they doing? They were waiting for what Jesus called “the promise of the Father”. No one could quite figure out what that was but they were all there, fervently seeking the Lord in prayer. After ten days suddenly the atmosphere of the room changed. An unusual, strong wind began to blow inside of the building. Each of these participants began to feel the very presence of God all around them and inside of them. They were all totally submerged, baptized, in the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues.
One of the things that I think about when I think of this scene is the individual participants in the room. Of course there was Peter; but how did he make it from denying the Lord three times to being filled with the Holy Spirit. He would have said it something like this, “knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot”. Peter qualified because of the forgiveness found in the blood of Christ.
Mary Magdalene had to be there. What would she say? “I saw the empty tomb and then I saw the Lord for myself”. I am waiting for what He promised, He is my only hope in this life.
Then I imagine Nicodemus, the famous Pharisee had to be there. What would Nicodemus say? He would tell you what the Lord had told him not long ago, “For the Spirit-wind blows as it chooses. You can hear its sound, but you don’t know where it came from or where it’s going. So it is within the hearts of those who are Spirit-born!”
If a disciple filled with compromise, a former prostitute, and a staunch religious man could be baptized with the Spirit, maybe there is hope for us. What are you waiting for, maybe a fresh wind is about to blow?