Religious Education T5
Christianity: Kingdom of God - When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?
50 days after Jesus had left Earth, his disciples were together for a celebration. Jesus had gathered many followers while he was on Earth and even more people wanted to understand who Jesus was after his dramatic crucifixion. His followers came from across the world! They didn't all speak the same language so the disciples did their best to share Jesus' messages.
All of a sudden, the calm evening air whipped up into a tornado! The candles were blown out, the sky was alive with lightning and thunder, the people were frightened!
Then, as if by magic, flames appeared above the heads of the disciples! With the flames, came an awesome power, the disciples could speak any language. they could share the messages of Jesus with everybody who wanted to learn about him!
This meant wonderful things for the followers of Jesus, his messages could be spread far and wide now, the whole world could learn about Jesus and the way Jesus wanted us to live. This day became known as Pentecost.
Fact: It is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter (the name comes from the Greek pentekoste, "fiftieth").
The Holy Trinity symbolises the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, together the Holy Spirit is God.
The Holy Spirit has come in different forms;
Many Christians think of the Holy Spirit as not having a physical form but able to take any shape.
What was the impact?
Jesus didn't want humans to simply live a quiet life waiting for their time to go to heaven. God had created this wonderful world for us to live upon, we are meant to make the most of our lives here.
Jesus wanted us to make the world into a 'Kingdom of God'
What do you think this means?
If you were going to make a Kingdom, what would you want life to be like there?
- Draw or make your kingdom...
- Think about the type of people you want to live there?
- What about animals?
- How about the weather?
- Would there be pollution?
- Where would food come from?
Now consider some of the things you have learnt about Jesus and God from Bible stories. What would their kingdom look like? Secret Clue; we are living on it. shh!
Imagine if you wanted to teach the world about how to create a Kingdom of God, we might need places for people to go to learn how to be a good citizen. Can you think where followers of God could go to learn?
Pentecost is known as the birthday of the Church, the day when the disciples realised they were going to be able to teach others about Jesus Christ, Christianity.
As with all things in the Bible, the story of Pentecost will vary and it is open to interpretation.
- What do you think of this story?
- Have you heard a different version?
- What do the versions have in common?
- What is the overall point of the Pentecost story?
- Do you like this story and can you explain?