A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. Acts 2:43
Since we are in the beginning stages of our online church on Facebook live, Sunday nights at 6pm PDT, we have been following the account of the early church from the Book of Acts in the New Testament. It seems fitting. It also follows that the post-resurrection appearances of Christ we studied after Easter would lead into the establishment of the church following his ascension into heaven. And in Acts chapter 2, we find the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Peter’s sermon placing the responsibility of Christ’s death upon the Jews, many of whom were cut to the quick by the message and cried out, “What shall we do?”
“Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins,” answered Peter. “Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” And 3,000 were added to the church that day, and they went on to meet regularly in homes for the apostle’s teaching, fellowship, sharing of meals and prayer. And then it says “a deep sense of awe came over them all.”
Now what would that be? Primarily I would say that would be a sense that God was on the move. The Holy Spirit’s power was being felt in people’s lives. Things were happening that could not be explained on strictly human terms. When 3,000 people were cut to the heart by Peter’s message, that wasn’t Peter’s persuasive powers — a “back to the future” channeling of Tony Robbins. Peter was not an orator; he had no track record in preaching; he had not been rehearsing his inaugural address for the last hundred days. He didn’t have a clue. He got up and opened his mouth and God filled it. And the response to his message was God doing a powerful work in the hearts and minds of people. God was drawing people to Himself and when He does that, a sense of awe comes over everybody.
How do you explain millennials coming to the Catch, and connecting with us (up until now, mostly a bunch of boomers)? We have a new member on our board — a 25-year-old seeker. How do you explain his enthusiasm for everything we are doing, and his eagerness to help train us into the social network venues more common to his generation such as Twitter, Instagram and YouTube? We are in awe.
How do you explain our son Chandler’s awareness that God is going to save many people through him and that the Lord will return in his lifetime? Didn’t get this from Marti or me. He got this from the Lord all by himself. All we can do about that is be in awe.
Where is the awe in your life? If you don’t see it, ask Him to show you. Jesus once said, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13) Ask, and then start looking. Sometimes He’s already working and we just don’t see it yet. These are exciting days we are moving into. We believe the Holy Spirit is going to play a more obvious role. God is on the move. Be in awe.
Even so, come Lord Jesus. (Revelation 22:20)