Information about Pentecost
After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples and promised that he would send the Holy Spirit to be their support and guide.
Pentecost celebrates and remembers the coming of the Holy Spirit, 50 days after Passover.
Matthew does not have a story of the coming of the Holy Spirit: we find it in Luke’s writing, Acts 2:1-4
Background to the story:
There were lots of people in Jerusalem to celebrate Shavuot, a Jewish Spring Harvest festival. People had come from different countries and they spoke different languages. Jesus’ friends, the disciples, were hiding in a room as they were afraid what might happen to them but they knew Jesus had promised to send the Holy Spirit to be their friend and to guide and support them.
Acts 2 New International Version (NIV)
2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.