Pentecost – The Descent of the Holy Spirit

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Today we are celebrating Pentecost. Does anyone know what “pente” means? (Allow children to answer.) It means five. Pentecost is celebrated fifty days after Easter to commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirt to the disciples of Jesus.

Before Jesus made his ascension, he told his disciples to stay in Jerusalem until the Father provides them with “power from on high.”  Jesus had said, “For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”

The disciples did not understand all that Jesus had told them, but they were obedient and stayed there and waited.

Let’s hear now the story of Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit.

The Story of Pentecost

 Our story begins in the same room where the Last Supper with Jesus had taken place. The room looks like a small, simple dining hall with tables in the upper floor of a house. The disciples of Jesus and their friends are in the room and they are enjoying each other's company. They are discussing what Jesus had taught them. And most importantly, they were praying together.

You can feel the excitement because the disciples are all talking about Jesus –  about what Jesus had taught before he was lifted into the air, making his ascension.

“Did you really see Jesus go up into the sky?” one of the people asked.

“Yes,” we did a disciple answered.

“What did he say to you?” asked another.

“Jesus told us to wait in Jerusalem until we should receive “powers from on high”. He also said to us, ‘Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.’

Of course, none of the disciples understood how they could do this as they did not know any other language other than their own. “How will we speak in another language?” one of them asked.

“We do not know,” answered a disciple. “We will have to wait andsee.” They had faith that God would show them as Jesus had told them so.

There was also another reason to pray. The disciples knew that when Jesus sent them power from heaven, they must ready themselves to receive it.

The disciples thanked God for sending Jesus to live among them and teach them. They prayed to God for courage and strength to witness for Jesus. They wanted to be brave and good and faithful. They asked for forgiveness for any actions or words not of God that they may have committed.

Jerusalem was crowded with devoted Jews who had arrived from various towns to celebrate Pentecost which was a harvest festival for the Jews.  Then something very wonderful happened. Suddenly, without any sign of a storm, “there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing, mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.”    It rattled the windows and clanged the door.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to do so. “

Cloven means split in two. Here is a picture of the cloven tongues appearing over the disciples’ heads. (Show picture.)

What caused the wind and the flames of fire above their heads?  (Pause for a moment) the Holy Spirit.

All the disciples began speaking at the same time and became so loud and joyous that people outside on the street down below were beginning to wonder what in the world was happening up there in that room!  People gathered below the window to find out. They were amazed because every man heard the disciples speak in his own language.

“How is it that we can hear and understand what they are saying as they are speaking in many languages?”

The apostle, Peter stood up and hurried outside on the balcony and started to preach to all the people below through the gift of the Holy Spirit. He said,

Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem what you see and hear was prophesied …: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.”

Peter continued preaching to them about some of the prophecies in the Old Testament, about the teachings of Jesus and about Jesus truly being the Son of God. He told them that if they accepted Jesus Christ, they too could receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of old.”

Even the disciples were amazed at Peter’s speech. They understood he spoke with the power and comfort of Holy Spirit.

Then voices were heard in the crowd. “Brethren, what shall we do?” they cried.

“Repent and ask for forgiveness,” answered Peter. “Be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ and ask for forgiveness, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

In other words, Peter was preaching to the people to stop doing those things you know are not right and do those things that are good and that will make God happy. And you too will have the Holy Spirit as your helper.

From that day onward, many people accepted Jesus and were baptized. The word of Jesus began to spread throughout the land.

Do you know that Jesus promised that we also can receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit? (Pause and allow children to answer.) Jesus taught this because he loves us very much and wants to provide a comforter for us.

The Holy Spirit is our helper also. When we pray to the Holy Spirit, he strengthens us and lives within our hearts, helping us to say kind words, do good, and make the right choices in our life. Do you know that the Holy Spirit helps us become the Christ as Jesus did?

We probably won’t hear a wind blowing or see dancing flames, so how do we know that the Holy Spirit is with us? (Allow children to answer.) We know when we feel God speaking in our hearts. This may happen when we share our love, say kind words, comfort and help others. Try to make God happy, just like in the story when Peter told the people to do those things that would make God happy.

The Holy Spirit is the third aspect of the Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is often depicted as a dove descending through the air. We are filled with love and charity. (Show picture.)

As we become more loving, show more kindness and help others, we are filled with the Holy Spirit.

The dove is shown here in the Chart of Your Divine Self. (Point to chart as you explain the following.) You can see that the dove of the Holy Spirit is coming down through the Holy Christ Self.  The Holy Spirit’s love passes through the crystal cord to radiate to the lower figure that represents us on earth, right into our hearts. When that happens, you truly become the temple of the Holy Spirit and are filled with the love of God.

Do you want the Holy Spirit is be within you? (PAUSE.)

The ascended masters have told us that at the moment we were born, the Holy Spirit breathed the breath of life into us and ignited our threefold flame. The Maha Chohan is the representative of the Holy Spirit who ministers to us at birth and whenever we call to him. (hold up focus of the Maha Chohan)

If we ask the Maha Chohan to come and help us, we will see amazing things begin to happen in our lives.

Let’s try to feel the Holy Spirit come upon us as and we meditate and say the mantra, “Come Holy Spirit, enlighten me.” Will you please close your eyes? (Read slowly and devoutly) Slowly take a deep breath as we fill ourselves with prana or oxygen, the element that corresponds with the light of the Holy Spirit that purifies us.  Let us go deep within. Picture yourself entering the secret chamber of your heart, feel the love and warmth of Jesus and the Holy Christ Self.  See the pure white dove of the Holy Spirit coming into the threefold flame in your heart filling you and every cell and atom with the pink light of divine love. Feel the comfort and love of the Maha Chohan. (Pause for a few seconds)

Let us say together: “Come Holy Spirit, enlighten me.”  (Recite devotionally 3x.) Now will you please open your eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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