Scripture: Acts 1:4-8
4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
The New King James Version. (1982). (Ac 1:4–8). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
We still seem to be on the them of the kingdom of God and the appearances of the Risen Christ. There is use of a strong word here “commanded”. Jesus commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem. It reminds me of when you take children to a store or carnival and how you command them to stay with you. Stay right where they are and not go anywhere. In the same way Jesus was commanding his disciples to stay in Jerusalem because a great gift was coming, it was the gift of the Holy Spirit.Then it speaks of John’s baptism with water which was for the remission of sin. For, John the baptist preached the message repent! For the kingdom of heaven is near. Jesus tells them that not many days from now they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit where they would be filled with the power and presence of God. We see here that repentance and being filled with the spirit come with a conversion experience. Then the disciples asked Jesus is this the time that you will restore the kingdom to Israel? (v. 6). Jesus basically told them it was none of their buisness to know that but, that they would receive power from the Holy Spirit to be His witnesses everywhere!
I love the conversation and the dialogue here between Jesus and His followers. As they gather around the Risen Christ in His glory they ask for the timing of the restoration of the kingdom for the people of Israel and his response is priceless because he is matchless. He tells them don’t be so concerned with the timing as much as the fulfilling of his promise and the filling of His spirit that will give us power to testify of Him. This has an eschatological theme to it. I think the point he is trying to make is that we need to do something. He fills us with the power of His presence to be his hands and feet in the world.
Let me not be so concerned with your timing and wait upon you in active faith by being your hands and your feet to a lost and broken world who needs to hear the hope and gospel of Jesus. Help me be Jesus to everyone I encounter. Transform me into your peace when troubled waters come. Transform me into your hope when dark clouds arrive. Transform me into your compassion when mercy seems so far out of reach.Transform me into your love when hate arrives. I pray this in Jesus name, Amen.