Pentecost: The Holy Spirit Comes to the Disciples

Have you ever wondered why babies cry? If you have a little brother or sister, then I am sure you have wondered that as your sibling wakes everyone up in the middle of the night or disrupts dinner with a loud shriek. Maybe you have heard babies cry in the middle of a church service. It can seem like all that a baby does is cry sometimes.

So why do they do it?

Would you believe me if I said that a baby crying is the same as you saying that you are hungry or cold? It’s true! A baby cannot talk, they cannot point to exactly what they want, or really communicate in any real way with the people around them. When a baby wants or needs something, their only option is to cry until they get what they want or need. Imagine if a baby didn’t cry! Then how would a parent ever know that their baby needed something? 

Communication is not just a problem for babies. The Bible tells us about a time in history when everyone spoke the same language. They tried to work together to build a tower, called Babel, that would be tall enough that they could be like God. God put an end to their plan by causing them to speak all different languages! Since then, people around the world have had trouble telling each other what they want or need. Our Bible lesson for today talks about a time when many people, who spoke different languages, were gathered together. Only in this story, instead of separating the people with language, God brings them all together. 

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The Holy Spirit came to help inspire the disciples to tell other people about Jesus. There were so many people in Jerusalem that had come from all over the world to celebrate the Passover that this was the perfect chance to spread the good news about Jesus. There was just one problem, the people visiting Jerusalem spoke different languages! Here are the disciples, filled with the Holy Spirit, inspired to tell others about Jesus, and they have a big crowd right in front of them that they couldn’t talk to.

If that was the end of the story then it would be a kind of sad story, right? But something happened that was amazing! Instead of this being a sad story about not being able to talk to one another, a miracle happened and the disciples could speak in languages they didn’t know! The Bible tells us that everyone who was there heard the truth about Jesus and his love because everyone heard their own language being spoken!

We might feel like we don’t know how to tell others about Jesus. What if I don’t say the right thing? What if they don’t understand what I am trying to say? Thankfully the Holy Spirit works through God’s Word just like he did with the disciples at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit doesn’t help us miraculously speak new languages like it did in a story but it does help us every time we tell others about Jesus. With the Holy Spirit always by our side inspiring us to tell others about Jesus, we can be sure that he is always helping us when we spread God’s Word!

Prayer Together: Dear Holy Spirit, thank you for always being there with us when we tell others about Jesus. Inspire us to be brave and to spread God’s Word to those who need to hear it! Amen.

Discussion Questions:

What is the most important thing that you could ever tell someone about?

 

We know that God and Jesus are always with us and watching over us. Why is it important to remember that the Holy Spirit is always with us too?

 

Think of something that would make it hard to tell others about Jesus (parents provide an example for younger kids). Talk about how knowing the Holy Spirit is always with you can help conquer that fear or barrier to telling others about Jesus.

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