The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:1-8 NKJV
The above portion of Scripture contains the last words Jesus spoke before He returned to heaven. So much is packed into a few precious words.
Jesus was leaving and the Holy Spirit was about to arrive. It was almost time for the followers of Jesus to become His witnesses.
In the next chapter of Acts, we read the account of the Holy Spirit’s entrance.
It is good to read the account and study Acts but are we living it?
We long for Jesus to return. He is not with us physically at this time but we have the Holy Spirit. We need to stay focused on being witnesses of Jesus. The ability and the power to accomplish this quest is through the Holy Spirit. We have a mission of the highest honor.
As Pentecost approaches this year, spend some prayerful time dwelling on what the Holy Spirit will empower you to do if you are willing. Take Acts 1:8 to heart. Ponder, pray and respond.
Yes, there is much darkness all around us but we have the light! How awful to be keeping it to ourselves instead of sharing.
Let us serve with joy and love.
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