When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force - no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building.
Then, 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.
There were many Jews staying in Jerusalem just then, devout pilgrims from all over the world.
When they heard the sound, they came on the run. Then when they heard, one after another, their own mother tongues being spoken, they were thunderstruck.
They couldn't for the life of them figure out what was going on, and kept saying, "Aren't these all Galileans?
How come we're hearing them talk in our various mother tongues?
Parthians, Medes, and Elamites; Visitors from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia,
Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene;
both Jews and proselytes; Even Cretans and Arabs! "They're speaking our languages, describing God's mighty works!"
Their heads were spinning; they couldn't make head or tail of any of it. They talked back and forth, confused: "What's going on here?"
Others joked, "They're drunk on cheap wine."
That's when Peter stood up and, backed by the other eleven, spoke out with bold urgency: "Fellow Jews, all of you who are visiting Jerusalem, listen carefully and get this story straight.
These people aren't drunk as some of you suspect. They haven't had time to get drunk - it's only nine o'clock in the morning.
This is what the prophet Joel announced would happen:
"In the Last Days," God says, "I will pour out my Spirit on every kind of people: Your sons will prophesy, also your daughters; Your young men will see visions, your old men dream dreams.