Power to Get the Job Done
Wouldn’t you have liked to have been with them during the forty days Jesus talked to them about the kingdom? Even while they were being instructed by the risen Christ the disciples still did not have a full understanding of the kingdom. In fact, when Jesus told them to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father they thought this would be the time Israel would be restored and he would be king.
Jesus responded by staying on point. He was not sidetracked with the issue they were raising. His purpose was to convince them that they must stay in Jerusalem until they were filled with the promise the Father had given. The future of the kingdom depended upon them staying in Jerusalem until they were baptized with the Holy Spirit.
He had already told them they would be witnesses to his ministry and purposes, but now he was telling them that they would be given supernatural power that would give evidence to the world that Jesus was the Christ and that salvation comes through faith in him. On the day of Pentecost he gave his followers this power and he calls men and women today to stay at their Jerusalem until they are filled with that power.
Prayer: Lord, grant me a baptism of Holy Spirit to witness with Holy Spirit power and grace. In Jesus name. Amen.
Principle: Jesus had already told the disciples they would be witnesses to his ministry and purposes, but now he was telling them that they would be given supernatural power which would give evidence to the world that Jesus was the Christ and that salvation comes through faith in him.
Affirmation: Jesus promised supernatural power to those who would seek the Father for the baptism of Holy Spirit. I have received the Holy Spirit and I have access to his power.
Reflection: This series of devotions on the life and teachings of Jesus, the Christ, concludes with this devotion which speaks of power to complete the job of spreading the gospel around the world. It is critical for those of us who follow Christ to have this power. Do you have it?
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