Stay ... until you are clothed with power

Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

A new chapter of mankind is dawning and these humble fishermen, tax collectors and handmaids would be those who would turn the world upside down. These who witnessed, and performed, miracles had a story to tell. These who loved Jesus and walked with him in friendship would now continue his mission to proclaim the good news to all of the earth. It is amazing when you consider the extent, and the impact, of their message on humanity. How is it that these humble few could do such a thing.

Jesus tells them that they are not yet ready for the mission that he is sending them on - they must wait until they are "clothed with power". Does that image simply captivate your imagination? I think that we sometimes get a bit too theological when we consider the work and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The truth is that these who Jesus spoke to were timid and afraid. They simply lacked the ability to continue Jesus' mission. They needed to wait for the promise of the Father.. to wait until they were "clothed with power".

Teach me to wait for the promise Lord. I need to be clothed with holy power.

2 comments:

  1. "Teach me to wait for the promise Lord"

    Amen!

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  2. I am the Vine you are the branches....apart from me you can do nothing...!

    Lord, I want to be clothed with Holy Spirit power...

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