“Others joked, ‘They’re drunk on cheap wine.” Acts 2:13
Today’s scripture in Acts takes place at the Feast of Pentecost when a strong wind–gale force–swept through and “like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.” (vs. 4).
People witnessing this phenomenon had no explanation why they could no longer understand what people were saying. They could only believe, “They’re drunk…” Peter, Jesus’ steady rock, stepped up and said, “They haven’t had time to get drunk–it’s only nine o’clock in the morning.” (vs. 21) Then he reminded them that the prophet Joel had announced this would happen…”When the time comes, I’ll pour out my Spirit on those who serve me, men and women both, and they will prophesy.” (vs. 17)
In the Gospels we read about wine–not the cheap kind, one of which is fondly referred to as Two-Buck Chuck ($2.99) that one drinks like Kool-Aid and gets drunk, but the costly wine known as the Blood of Christ graciously shed for our sins.
Lord, send the Holy Spirit as a wildfire into our hearts and souls. Amen.