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Comforter has come to mean a scarf or a baby’s dummy. Something that makes a person feel more comfortable. Its older meaning is closer to strengthener.
The amplified version of the Bible gives many possible translations of the word, which was translated as Comforter in the King James Version.” (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby).”
Jesus told his disciples, “I will send you another Comforter.”
That is the background for the next story.
It was strange after Jesus had ascended into heaven. He had told us to wait for something. We weren’t sure what we were waiting for. We had some meetings and appointed a twelfth disciple to replace Judas Iscariot. It was hard to come to terms with everything that had happened, but we knew we had to move forward. Passover to Pentecost is quite a short time, but to us it seemed interminable.
We gathered together to celebrate Pentecost. If we had wondered what Jesus meant about waiting for the Strengthener, and whether we’d recognise Him. There was no doubt now.
First of all there was the wind, then the tongues of fire, then the strange languages.
Peter had always been impulsive, but the way he stood up and spoke to the inquisitive bystanders was something completely new. He explained that we weren’t drunk. Then he went on to quote scripture to demonstrate how these things had been foretold by the prophets. He explained about Jesus’ life, and death (accusing the people of putting him to death), how God raised him from death. Then he made a connection with King David’s words. He explained that David died, but Jesus has been exalted to the right hand of God and sent out his Holy Spirit.
Peter urged all Israel to know that Jesus is Lord and Christ (the Messiah).
We could hardly believe the way the people responded to his words. About three thousand people believed and were baptised.
We knew that the promised Counsellor had arrived.
This year for the A to Z Challenge I have taken my 2013 Challenge as a starting point for most of the posts. I have written a post based around something or usually someone from the Bible. Sometimes it is a fictional story, for example when I have added some back stories (as a writing exercise). Sometimes it is a summary.
I hope my readers will be challenged to consider the original texts in more depth. (If only to discover what liberties I have taken with them!)