Saved from Disaster


“And it shall come to pass afterward,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.
Even on the male and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit.

“And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.” Joel 2:28-32 ESV

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language.

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. Acts 2:1-6, 38-41 ESV


There are times when disasters happen, and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop them. One disaster that happens in some parts of the world is a hurricane. No one can stop a hurricane, but there are things that people can do to be prepared so that they can survive if a hurricane comes. They can know where to go if a hurricane is coming and they are told to evacuate an area. They can have a disaster supply kit with flashlights, batteries, money, and first aid supplies, and they can also have their home stocked with things they need in case they can’t get food or water for awhile. People can also prepare their homes by removing damaged trees, making sure their gutters and spouts are in good shape, having a generator, and making sure their roof, windows, and doors are sturdy and in good repair. All of these ideas can help people survive a disaster.

Joel talked about the Day of the Lord, a day when God would judge the world for its sins. Even though all people are sinful, there are people who will survive this final disaster. God will save everyone who calls on him for help. People who put their trust in the Lord will escape his punishment and survive the Day of the Lord. Before Joel talked about that, he talked about how God would bring many people to him and save them. He talked about a day when God would pour his Holy Spirit out on many people.

After Jesus died and rose again from the dead so that our sins could be forgiven, he went back to heaven. Several days later he sent the Holy Spirit to his followers, and they were able to speak in many different languages that they hadn’t learned. This was what Joel had seen coming many, many years before. All kinds of people came together to see what was happening, and they heard the good news about Jesus. There were 3000 people who were baptized that Pentecost day! God called together people to be his church, and he is still calling people into his church today. Everyone who believes in Jesus will be saved from the final judgment, and will live in God’s heavenly kingdom forever.