What is Pentecost?
PENTECOST or pen’-te-kost:
Pentecost is the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter (the name comes from the Greek pentekoste, “fiftieth”). It is also called Whitsun, but does not necessarily coincide with the Whitsun Bank Holiday in the UK.
Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church, and the start of the church’s mission to the world.
Pentecost is also called Whitsunday is celebrated on Sunday that falls on the 50th day of Easter. The name is derived from the Greek word “pentekoste ” which means fiftieth as Pentecost Sunday takes place on the 50th day of Easter.
When Is Pentecost in 2021?
This year, Pentecost will be on Sunday, May 23, 2021, observed on the seventh Sunday after Easter (April 4th)
1. The Holy Spirit was prophesied in the Old Testament and promised by Jesus. Jesus promised the Holy Spirit in John 14:26, who would be the Helper for his people.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”
This New Testament event is also significant because it fulfills an Old Testament prophecy in Joel 2:28-29.
2 Historical Insights into Pentecost
There are three things you need to know about Pentecost that will help you understand Acts
1. Pentecost was a pilgrim festival. That meant that according to Jewish Law, all the adult Jewish men would come from wherever they were living to Jerusalem and personally be in attendance during this celebration.
2. Pentecost was a holiday. No servile work was to be done. School was out. The shops were closed. It was party time.
3. There were certain celebrations and sacrifices and offerings which were prescribed in the Law for the day of Pentecost. On Pentecost, the High Priest was to take two loaves of freshly baked wheat bread and offer them before the Lord. The wheat bread was made from the newly harvested wheat.