Sunday, March 26, 2023
“Then He (Jesus) said to them, ‘These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the psalms concerning Me.’ And He opened their understand, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Then He said to them, ‘Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.'” (Luke 24:44-49)
Jesus instructions to the disciples before His ascension were clear – wait in Jerusalem and expect power from on high. There was no hint given about what would happen, but clearly the evidence shows that Jesus knew what would occur and would make it abundantly clear to them. “The Promise of My Father” and all they experience at the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost are one and the same.
As the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ instruction to His followers to ask for the Holy Spirit and to wait until they receive power is pertinent to all believers for all times. All who believe are to ask and expect God to fill them with His Spirit and to be empowered for their mission to serve Him. It is this supernatural power that Jesus uses to fulfill His mission to the world through His church. Although He sits at the right hand side of God in heaven, He has left us His Power for His church to operate within His authority.
You are Loved, Pastor Don