The moment was a difficult one. After three and a half years of being with Jesus, learning from His teaching, watching His miracles and being part of His ministry, eleven men called disciples, were ushered into a season of dramatic changes. How would they manage to continue on with life and His work when their mentor was leaving? Would they be forced to do everything without Him?
“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 24:49). Wait! What is this “promise of my Father?” Just a few days before, Jesus gave these men clear and detailed instructions right after the Passover meal about “another Helper to be with you forever…the teacher…the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7). He also promised them in 14:18 that “I will not leave you as orphans” or helpless or as a friendless person. The “other Helper” would be one just like Jesus, and actually better by virtue of being with them all the time and never susceptible to death.
BUT THAT IS NOT ALL! He promised that with the coming of this Helper, they would also be “clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). It is not human power because it comes from heaven – God’s power. By ‘clothing’ us, it will impact the whole person and all we do.
Let’s put these things together. This Helper will be just like Jesus who will never leave them as they are fulfilling the Great Commission – spreading the gospel wherever they are and wherever they go. He is the one who will also fill them with power (divine ability) to fulfill the command to “GO” with His message to all the nations.
“WAIT!” Why? Notice that Jesus commanded these eleven men to “stay in the city until you are clothed with power.” Why should they have to wait? Couldn’t Jesus just give them the power right then? NO! It is absolutely necessary that they learn and we learn the essential quality of dependence if we are going to experience God’s power working in us through the Holy Spirit.
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