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. [Luke 24:48-49 ESV]
A new chapter of mankind is dawning for these humble fishermen, tax collectors and handmaids.
These will be those who turn the world upside down and inside out.
These who witnessed, and performed, miracles had a story to tell.
These who loved Jesus, and walked with him in friendship, will continue his mission.
They will be those who first 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 though.
They must wait until they are "clothed with power from on high".
Does that image simply captivate your imagination?
I think that we sometimes get a bit too theological about this phrase.
So easy to gloss over the work and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
The truth is that these who Jesus spoke to were timid and afraid.
The bravest of them lacked the ability to continue Jesus' mission.
They needed to wait for the promise of the Father.
To wait until the Holy Spirit clothed them with spiritual power.
Teach me to wait for the promise Lord. I need to be clothed with holy power.
... this devotion is part of the Red Letters series. Click here to read more.