When is Pentecost this year and what is its meaning? Get the story now.
Easter is over and many Nigerians want to know when is Pentecost 2016? This is a very special day and powerful celebration. It has deep meaning and history. So, let us find out more about it now.
When did Pentecost start?
This celebration is a religious one and it is tightly related to Easter. Another name of it is the
First Fruits feast. It took place 50 days after the Easter or Old Testament Pass Over time. This year Pentecost Sunday 2016 falls on May 15. In the past Jewish people celebrated the feast of first fruits of the land. It was a first harvest time and men and women would take their children and first fruits and bring them before the Lord to thank Him for His mercies and kindness of providing for them.
That is the initial Pentecost meaning. In the New Testament Holy Spirit came down to Earth after the Easter, when Jesus Christ was crucified. Holy Ghost descended upon the disciples and they (the living people) have been turned into the first church. They have become the first fruit from our land to God, the firstborn by the Holy Spirit.
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That is why many churches call themselves Pentecostal. This means they believe in the filling of the Hopy Ghost and in His regenerating power manifested in human beings. The descending was marked by a certain gift. People obtained the ability to speak in other tongues.
Pentecost story is a powerful one. God poured out Himself upon people, which has never occurred before. He came to live in their hearts and delivered them from death and sin. The Pentecost has become the birthday of the church of Jesus Christ. That is why we celebrate it till this day. The church of God is magnificent and strong, when it moves in the Spirit and we honor what Christ has done for us on the cross.