“You’re the first to hear and see it. You’re the witnesses. What comes next is very important: I am sending what my Father promised to you, so stay here in the city until he arrives, until you’re equipped with power from on high.” – (Luke 1:48-49)
“You’re the witnesses!” Jesus wanted his closest followers to know that they had experienced some things that were world-changing, and they were the first ones to witness these things.
Their mission would be great, but they would receive power. This power would equip them and enable them to be witnesses to the world. That power that they were promised is the Holy Spirit. And that, dear friend, is the same Holy Spirit that lives inside Jesus’ followers today!
They waited for Jesus to send that power at Pentecost and we are the living reminders of that promise being fulfilled and that power being real. Two thousand years later, people across the oceans, centuries later, from a multitude of cultures call Jesus Lord because the promise of the Holy Spirit’s coming is true … in their day and in our own!
Prayer : O Father, please forgive us for not believing in the power you have made available to us in your Holy Spirit. Thank you, Jesus, for pouring the Spirit out on us when we gave our lives to you. Now, we ask that you open our eyes and our hearts to see and believe this promise source of power to witness to your work is available to us today. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.