The question

Acts 2:12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

whatActs chapter 2 – one of the most well known chapters in the Bible.  The Holy Spirit comes and the believers are baptized with His power.  They start speaking in other languages, Peter preaches an incredible sermon, and many are saved.  The church grows like crazy and lives are forever changed.  But there’s this little verse sandwiched in between all of that.  It’s the reaction of those on the outside, the non-baptized ones.  It’s a reaction of amazement and wonder.  And it comes in the form of a question: “what does this mean?”

Now they weren’t asking what all the different tongues meant.  They weren’t reporters doing a story on the events of the day.  They didn’t even work for the Pharisees, planning on reporting back to them.  They weren’t searching for the meaning of life or trying to figure out if there was truly a God.  No, they were everyday ordinary people – ordinary people who really wanted to know, “what does this mean?”  And if we take a closer look, we will see that they were really asking, “what does this mean TO ME?”

What does this mean to me?  That’s the real question humanity must ask itself when pondering the things of God.  Jesus came to this earth and died for humanity.  Many will talk about the significance of God coming to this earth in a human suit.  They will wonder about His character, His sacrifice, and His eternity.  But none of that matters unless people start asking themselves the question, “what does this mean to me?”  The people that were saved at Pentecost were the ones who dared to answer that question.  So what does all of this mean to you?  What does it mean that Christ came to die for YOU?  What does it mean that He poured out the Holy Spirit for YOU?  When you dare to answer that question, your life will be forever changed.