Have you ever tried to imagine what it must have been like for the disciples? They had grown up with the expectation that one day messiah would come and destroy the Romans, returning Jerusalem and the Jews to their former glory. They were looking for their nation to be returned to a place of prominence. Jesus shows up and blows up all of their categories. He’s so much more than a political leader and military hero. He does incredible, magical, powerful things that only God can do. Who is this Man? He challenges the religious establishment, recklessly and shamelessly pursues the outcasts, and then starts talking about His impending death – a death that is necessary to carry out His rescue mission. They hear rumors that He’s been resurrected and then they see Him. And they dare to hope. They dare to believe. Then He’s taken up into the clouds, and they are left behind.
What do we do now? Is this the time that the kingdom thing comes about? But they are told to wait…to wait for the power of God, the Holy Spirit, to come upon them so that they may be witnesses to this Messiah, to Jesus throughout the whole world. It’s the beginning of their mission…their part of the rescue mission that Jesus came to planet earth and laid the foundation for. Some friends and I are studying the book of Acts together. We just finished chapter 1. Can’t wait to see what God does with this group.
Until next time…stay salty.