Giotto di Bondone 1290
Considering a quote from Tozer:
“The miraculous events wrought in Jerusalem by the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost
indicated to the disciples that Jesus Christ, the Messiah Savior, had indeed taken His place at the right hand of the majesty on high.
With Jewish critics all around, Peter lifted up his voice and said that all who were in Jerusalem on that day were seeing the fulfillment of prophecy– the words of Jesus that He would send the Holy Spirit after His death and resurrection and exaltation.
“Therefore,” Peter cried, “let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom he have crucified, both Lord and Christ” Acts 2:36
Many, many have failed to note Peter’s Pentecostal emphasis: The important thing in God’s plan was the fact that Jesus had been exalted in heaven, and that His glorification there had been the signal for the coming of the promised Holy Spirit. What a lesson! The Spirit does not have to be begged-He comes when the Savior is honored and exalted!”
End of quote…
Many times I have read in Acts about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, about the sound from heaven as of a rushing wind filling the house where the believers were sitting, about the tongues like as of fire resting on each one of them, about the Holy Spirit giving them all utterance to speak with other tongues. But I have never considered until reading this quote from Tozer what was happening in the heavens.
Jesus said that He would send the comforter. Imagine the exaltation before the throne of God as Yahshua took His place on the right hand of Yahweh victoriously…
“Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.” 1 Peter 3:22
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
…imagine the joy and rejoicing as if heaven would burst out in a great brilliant flash of light. And that light rushed down to earth and flashed in the minds of the disciples, a heavenly communication that Yahshua had indeed fulfilled His promise. Oh, that we had eyes to see… what glory we would behold.
We, in these earthen clay vessels hold the light of life, the Holy Spirit. We are the temples of the glory from on high. We are the wheat, the first-fruits. Pentecost was at the time of the wheat harvest…the Feast of the First Fruits.
Look around you…look at the sweet faces of your fellow believers…the earthen vessels that sit amongst you. These are temples of the Light of heaven. Halleluyah!
Gathering Wheat by Daniel Ridgeway Knight http://www.danielridgewayknight.org