When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability (Acts 2:1-4).
They were just ordinary individuals from ordinary parts of the Roman empire—”Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs” (2:9-10). They were there for Pentecost, the Feast of the First-Fruits. Pentecost was celebrated every year, an important feast, but celebrated as if each year was ordinary.
But this year, Pentecost would take on a truly extraordinary life of its own.