1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
5 Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven.
6 And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language.
7 They were amazed and astonished, saying, “Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
8 And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born?
9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God.”
12 And they all continued in amazement and great perplexity, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”
13 But others were mocking and saying, “They are full of sweet wine.”
A common trope associated with superheroes is the origin story. The origin story of a superhero explains how the individual gained their unique powers and their motivation for fighting crime or taking whatever action they do. Within this backstory, the audience is often able to observe the hero first learning of their extraordinary abilities and learning how to best utilize these powers. The audience is given the opportunity to witness the superhero’s power breaking into the world.
In Acts 2, we read the account of power breaking into the world through the first church. The power on display in this account was far beyond even the greatest superhero imagined. The power that the disciples experienced at Pentecost was through the Spirit of God Himself. In Acts 2, the power of God broke into the world to display the beginning of the fulfillment of all the nations being united through Jesus Christ.
God was completely faithful to His promise to Abram to bring about the Messiah, who would fulfill the desires of those at the Tower of Babel in a better and truer way. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, people from all nations will be united and brought into the kingdom of God. These events in Acts 2 were a foretaste of the final fulfillment of what is to come at the end of the age.
At the Tower of Babel, though the people originally all spoke the same language, God confused their language, they were divided, and their plans failed due to their wrong desires. In Acts 2, though the people spoke different languages, God gave the power for the message about Jesus to be understood by all who were present, so that they might be united, and God’s plans would be accomplished. This true story is better than any superhero backstory that has ever been told, and we get the privilege of joining in on this mission with God!
• What opportunities do you currently have to share the good news so that more and more people will come into the kingdom of God to experience His glory?
• How will you seek to be more aware of these opportunities this week and to take advantage of them by the power of God?
• Pray and thank God that He always keeps His promises. Thank Him that He has purposed to bring people from all nations to Himself and has called us to join in His mission through the spreading of the gospel.