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.” (Acts 1:8 NIV)
The disciples' heads are spinning. Jesus is alive! They still couldn't comprehend what was happening here. But neither could they deny his presence. Physical. Real. They could hug him and eat with him. Yet he could walk through doors and walls and disappear in the blink of an eye. They were full of childlike wonder.
So naturally their thoughts turned to the kingdom he talked so much about. The Kingdom of God that would come and free Israel from her oppressors. Jesus answers them in typical Jesus manner. Mystery.
"It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority."
They would not get their answer yet. However, there was much to be done, they would soon find out.
"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."
And then he left them for good. (Physically) He left them with the Holy Spirit giving them all they needed to be his witnesses around the corner and around the world. Men and women who'd witnessed The Lord Jesus in life, in death, and in resurrected life!
And yes, they had everything they needed to be witnesses. He told them they'd receive power. And boy did they. Raising the dead, healing the lame and blind, mute and deaf. Casting out demons and ushering in eternal life through the Spirit of God. Resurrection power. Creation power. God's power.
Yes, the Kingdom would take care of itself. In the meantime, we have a job to do.
The Kingdom has yet to come in all it's fullness. But that day is drawing near. It's coming. In the meantime, it reigns in the hearts of God's people. Hearts fully surrendered to his will and his ways. People more than content to live out his mission of rescuing people far from God but close to them. Being his witnesses locally and globally.
This is our mandate. To be a faithful witness to what we've seen, heard and experienced. To share with others how he's changed our life--this King of Glory, Jesus Christ.
What is God saying to you?
What will you do about it?