There is a drunkenness that doesn’t come with the price tag of a hangover. There is a drunkenness that has no negative consequences attached to it. It is the real deal! It is the drunkenness of the Holy Ghost…
Imagine with me the Day of Pentecost for a moment. That special day 50 days after the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. There are 120 radical Jesus-followers in an upper room in Jerusalem. Praying, waiting, watching, expecting… You can feel the tension in the air. The religious leaders in that city were the ones that killed Jesus.
“Something has to happen soon, or else we’re toast,” thinks one. Another wonders: “Why did Jesus tell us to wait in Jerusalem until we have been endued with power from on High? What is this power? What is the Promise of His Father? When is it coming? And when it comes, what will happen?”
As questions fill the disciples minds, the streets are filled with locals and foreigners alike. Many have come from afar to celebrate Shavuot (the Feast of Weeks, or the Feast of the Harvest). This is the time when the firstfruits and new grain of the wheat harvest are offered to the Lord. It is a time of great rejoicing and thanksgiving.
In spite of the shenanigans concerning a certain man named Jesus which took place a few weeks earlier – and the remarkable occurrences, such as earthquakes and darkness, that accompanied them – it is still a pleasant atmosphere. People are happily talking away. Joy is in the air. But it is nothing compared to what’s coming…
Act 2:2-4 NLT
Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.
Suddenly… Whoosh! The Holy Spirit hit the earth’s atmosphere, burst into the upper room and entered into the 120 disciples. He took possession of them. He filled them. He saturated them. In, upon and all around… True joy had arrived! The Holy Ghost party had officially started!
The party started with such a bang that all the people in the city came to check it out. It caused quite the stir. The Bible says that the people were confounded, confused, amazed, astounded, astonished and perplexed. The Greek word that was translated perplexed comes from the root word which means to have no way out and be at a loss mentally. I love that! This was like nothing ever seen or heard before. They were all at a loss mentally!
All the locals and foreigners alike heard the disciples speaking in their own native tongue, telling of the wonderful works of God. They were besides themselves with amazement, puzzled and bewildered, the Amplified Version says. Amidst the marvelling, wondering and admiring, there was also scorning.
Acts 2:13-16 NKJV
Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.” But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. “For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel…
Some people made fun of the disciples and joked about them being drunk. The funniest thing about that though is that they were right! Peter said: “These are not drunk, as you suppose…” And to back up his argument, he said that it was only nine in the morning! But what he was implying was that they were indeed drunk. It was just not due to physical wine. It was a result of the True New Wine.
They were filled with the sweet, intoxicating wine of the Holy Spirit as a result of the New Covenant. It was some potent stuff. It was the real deal! It was the drunkenness of the Holy Ghost…
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