Google+ 05/20/13 Brainwashed and Intoxicated!!!

Acts 2:12-15

 

They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other.

But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!”

Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd,

“Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this.

These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming.

Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. 

 

This is part one of a six-part series devoted to the day of Pentecost, as explained by Luke in Acts 2.  This series begins with yesterday's sermon which covers Acts 2:1-11.  If you have not already listened to that sermon, you might want to do that before continuing to read this and the next five days of devotions.  As I was reminded abruptly yesterday during worship, the Holy Spirit is one of the most important and misunderstood concepts in our Christian lives.  Oddly enough, most of the confusion comes from churches attempting to be politically correct and appeasing to everyone, rather that being Scriptural and obedient.  This coming Sunday, Christians everywhere will celebrate Trinity Sunday.  It is always the week after the festival of Pentecost.  It is a perfect fit as we complete our training as Christians by proclaiming our believe in the Triune God.  It is the single faith-fact that separates us from every other religion in the world.  Not only are we as Christians often confused about this issue, look in our Scripture today and see what the non-believers, who were present on the day of Pentecost, thought about the presence of the Holy Spirit.   Because they had no understanding of who God was, they immediately decided that everyone was drunk with wine!  Peter became the voice of reason.  He shouted to the crowd and pointed out that it was a little early in the morning for EVERYONE to be drunk.  Before you laugh at this passage of Scripture or think that this occurrence is strange, think about your testimony for Jesus and what people have said to you.  When we have been living for Jesus more than 24 hours, we have undoubtedly been accused of being "drunk."  This comes in the form of people commenting on how different we are.  People constantly comment on why we go to church and fellowship as much as we do.  Often people call our devotion to the Triune God a "cult" or "brainwashing."  Then, there is the ever-popular "to much God or Jesus" comment when our testimony becomes more than the world can handle or wants to hear.  Today I will be Peter's "stand-in!"  The Holy Spirit is not an option and we are not "drunk" because the Holy Spirit dwells in us.  Rejoice in the things that the Holy Spirit teaches us and causes us to say out loud to the world.  We need to proclaim, agree, and be righteously proud that our brains have been washed by the Holy Spirit and we are, in fact, intoxicated by God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!!!