Unity is one of the most powerful forces, and when Jesus is in the midst, it is truly supernatural.
Acts 2:5 – And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
Imagine a time when there was NO motorized travel of any kind; people traveled only by foot, beast, sailing. Now imagine the city of Jerusalem, a city that could swell in population almost overnight to 10-times its norm. Keep in mind, too, that Jerusalem was at the center of major trade routes of its day. Now put all that together, and on the 50th day after Passover, one of those annual days occurred. It was called Pentecost. It was on that day, 50 days after the crucifixion of Jesus, that Holy Spirit came into the earth in His fullness to inaugurate the first day of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
On this high holy day of the Jewish people, after Holy Ghost had come, the apostle Peter stepped outside to deliver the first church’s first Pentecost Day sermon, and what a sermon it was. At its conclusion, on this birthdate of the church, 3,000 new souls were added to that divine infant. What a conspicuous beginning! And one of the great contributing factors to that day was UNITY.
It began with 120 people, gathered together in an upper room at the command of Jesus, waiting for the Promise, that being the outpouring of Holy Spirit upon all flesh. There the 120 had gathered, in obedience to the Lord, but obedience was not the only factor. There was UNITY. Acts 2:1 says they were gathered together “with one accord in one place.” Think on that. Is it important that they were “in one place?” Absolutely! Before Holy Spirit was poured out, though they had common belief, they were not yet made to be ONE with the Master, and therefore with one another. Their physical proximity with one another was keenly important.
But being in one place did not necessarily indicate UNITY. How often have we witnessed the eruption and results of strife in vast gatherings of people? But these, the 120, were not only gathered together “in one place,” but were gathered together “in one accord.” These were on one location, but they were there with one purpose, one intention, one plan, and one outcome. They were “all filled with the Holy Ghost, and (they all) began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them (all) utterance.” The most powerful connection between God and man that ever existed was created on that day. It was SO powerful that when one of them (Apostle Peter) gave voice of the event and its significance, 3,000 more people received the same thing. People from at least 17 nations, multiple tongues, cultures, and religions were suddenly joined together in the body of Christ. And it all began with UNITY. Oh, that we might UNITE today.
Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-13; Matthew 18:19-20; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Acts 1:8; Joel 2; Ephesians 4