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The transforming radiance of Pentecost

From the November 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal

If you have ever felt the ground drop out from under your feet—your whole life turned upside down—there is a world of joy waiting to bless you more deeply and lastingly than you can imagine. Right where it might feel as if despair is holding you hostage, a new life of regeneration and unlimited impetus is ready to transform your experience with divine light and Love.

This was the case on the Day of Pentecost centuries ago, and many have received a powerful breath of this spiritual inspiration and freedom over the years since. The word pentecost means fiftieth day, and has come to be identified with the descent of the Holy Ghost fifty days after Christ Jesus’ resurrection. As part of a larger gathering, his followers had come together from different regions and language groups, convinced a great revelation was at hand. They were powerfully moved to speak by the Spirit and were able to hear each other’s words in their own languages. The book of Acts records, “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (2:4).

The Day of Pentecost was a watershed experience in the lives of Jesus’ followers. His crucifixion had left them submerged in grief and confusion. But out of this dark heaviness grew a new perception that Christ, the Way of salvation, is eternal. Jesus’ resurrection and ascension proved that Love cannot be destroyed, removed, buried, or belied by any material power. Instead, it was hatred, fear, and ignorance which were being exposed and deposed, reversing the assumption of a hopeless defeat.

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