During the Lenten season, members of Faith Lutheran Church have written our daily devotions. Today’s writer is Jean Slater.
6So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.10While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Acts 1:6-11
The disciples thought that the kingdom would be an earthly kingdom and Jesus would be the ruler much like David and Solomon were kings. At the time, the earthly kingdom that they knew was under the rule of the Romans. Jesus told the disciples that it was not their concern to know why or when, but that God is in control by his authority, he only knew the time and the season. Then Jesus told them that they would receive power from the Holy Spirit and they would be witnesses beginning in Jerusalem and then to the end of the earth.
How could this come about? There was no paper, internet, TV, e-mail, texting,
Facebook, trains, or plans to help the disciples spread the news. But the Holy Spirit that filled their hearts and minds gave them the power to spread the news.
Now that is power!
God has given us that same power and the message is still the same wonderful message that God loves us so much that He sent his son Jesus, to save us through his death and resurrection and empowered us with the Holy Spirit through repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper while here on earth which gives us a means for repentance of our sins through bread, wine, and word of God. He gave us a model of how a church was organized so we can gather and worship him.
Lent helps us to take time to reflect and praise God for the means that He has given us to be one with him through daily repentance and forgiveness. A few minutes a day in prayer can change your attitude towards your family, friends, job, and future.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for knowing what I need before it is needed. May the Holy Spirit guide me each day to live a life that I can share with others of the good news of Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen.