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Pentecost 1

Today we heard the Scripture lesson from Acts of the Apostles, beginning at chapter 2, verse one:  

 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.” (verse 5).

And again,

“… at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2)

Also this:

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands...(Revelation 6)

The word “tongue” is the word for “language”. The miracle of Pentecost is hearing the mighty deeds of God in every tongue and language, and so at Concordia Lutheran Mission, we have been putting up for Pentecost the string of flags that Jesus is the Lord of Nations:

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. (Revelation 1)

The flags are by no means exhaustive!  And we are living as pioneers of the Kingdom to come and so kneel a disputed sovereign. 

There is something else you may have noticed and that is the color red predominates in so many flags.  I am not a vexillologist (one who studies flags) and so the color red may symbolize  all sorts of things but to me it reminds me of the blood of Christ, shed for all the nations, but also something else: Listening to Issue,etc. a presenter was talking about the meaning of the color red for martyrs’ days.  He said, as I have said, we usually say it stands for the blood of the martyrs, but he said it also stands for the fire of the Holy Spirit!  Indeed as the Lord said,

19 When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. 20 For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. (Matthew 10).  

With so many martyrs in these gray and latter days, the Holy Spirit has been speaking clearly in so many nations, when so many others, who deny the faith speak in confusion. Come, Lord Jesus, come.

A blessed Day of Pentecost

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