Brothers and Sisters we have just celebrated the return of Jesus to heaven. It’s 40 days after Easter and as the apostle creed says “he ascend into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.”
What happened in those forty days?
Luke writes, “He opened their minds so they could understand scriptures. He told them, ‘this is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.’ (Luke 24:45-47)
So Jesus taught them and gave them the great commission to preach the good news to the nations. He told them that He had to go in order to send the Holy Spirit to be with them forever. He said, “I will send you what my father has promised, but you must stay in Jerusalem until you have received the power from heaven.”v49.
Disciples are instructed to wait and be empowered by the Holy Spirit and then go about their business as witnesses of the Easter faith. Waiting is not an easy thing to do and this was not the time to stand and gaze at the clouds. They had work to do just like me and you. They had to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.
Remember, the disciples did not go and do their own things while waiting. In their waiting;
1. They continued to meet together
2. They prayed together
3. They prepared themselves for what God had promised
What are we doing in our waiting?
To what extent are we preparing for the coming of the Holy Spirit?
Are we reaching out to people so they can be brought into the fold? Think and pray about it.
How can you be an authentic witness in your home, church and community at large?
O God, may your servants be set on fire with your spirit, strengthen by your power, gifted with your wisdom, and filled with your grace to bear witness to your kingdom in this world. Amen