Pentecost

John answered them all, ‘I baptize you with water.  But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.’

— Luke 3:16.

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.

— Acts 2:1-3.

For Pentecost I considered using a picture of ordinary fire, but regular fire burns and consumes and doesn’t seem to fit the spirit of what Jesus actually did when He baptized his Church.  Also, when Moses saw the fire of the Lord, he noticed that the bush “did not burn up.” (Exodus 3:2).

This is a picture of a fallen leaf filled with sunlight.  For a moment, this dead leaf was in a sense baptized with light from heaven’s fire.  The leaf is of course long gone, but those who are baptized in the name of the Triune God will be filled with eternal light and life: We will reflect the glory of His name forever.

[In] a flash, in the twinkling of an eye . . . the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. . .  When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’

— 1 Corinthians 15:52-54.

Happy Pentecost!

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