Jesus is Gone; Now What?

On March 3, the post Being Taught and Lead by the Spirit was the first post about the Spirit. As we come off the heels of celebrating the resurrection of Christ, it is fitting to resume our excursion into hearing from God about the Spirit. It is also fitting that we see what the Word of God says about the Spirit after Jesus’ ascension after His resurrection. In Acts 1, the response to Jesus is Gone; Now What? is provided.

Acts 1

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After He arose, Luke 24:49 captures where He told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem.  Jesus first told the disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit after He left them in John 16. Now, verse 8 which is underlined above answers Jesus is Gone; Now What? In Acts 1, we see Jesus speaking to the disciples for the last time before His ascension to the right hand of the Father. In actuality, Jesus Himself told the disciples what to do after He left.

First, they were to wait for the power that comes after the Holy Spirit came on them. After that, they were to be witnesses in Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth. The “now what” was answered. Most of us either saw an episode of the drama The Bible which was just recently aired. If not, the drama captured how the disciples felt right after Jesus’ death.

In Romans 8, we learn that we too receive and are led by the Spirit of God if we belong to God. As with the first disciples, we are to be God’s witnesses where He places us in this world. We are enabled to witness and serve Him through the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. This too answers Jesus is Gone; Now What?


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