“For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel.” Acts [2:15]-16
Upon being charged with intoxication, Peter stands to declare the truth about what’s going on during Pentecost. First, he denies the charge of drunkenness, citing the early morning hour. Then he gets to the heart of his message. Peter puts the miraculous events of Pentecost in biblical and historical context: “This is what was uttered through the prophet Joel.”
The events of Pentecost were not the drunken machinations of twelve inspired partiers, nor was it the spiritual program of twelve religious zealots. Rather, Peter declares, what’s happened at Pentecost is nothing short of the fulfillment of biblical prophecy and the continued unfolding of God’s redemptive purposes in the world. “This is what was uttered through the prophet Joel.”
The claim of Christianity is not a slight one. We are not merely declaring that personal purpose can best be found through following Jesus (though that certainly is true). Rather, we declare that all of history’s purpose is fulfilled with the coming of Christ and the outpouring of His Spirit. All of history and the message of the prophets has been building towards these climactic moments when the Messiah came, lived, died, rose, and poured out His Spirit on His people. Praise God for our privileged position as we behold His grand designs being fulfilled.
Lord God, Thank You for Your faithfulness to Your promises. You are the Lord of my life, and You are the Lord of history. Help me to trust that Your plans will never be thwarted. Amen.