Holy Spirit- Aqueduct with trees in the foreground on a clear blue sky day

The Book of Acts

Jesus’ death and resurrection were not the end, it was the beginning…

Acts 1:1-8
In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”  Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The reason that Jesus left is so that the church could be formed. We must beware distractions and focus on what God is calling us to do. The Holy Spirit has remained with us to guide us in sharing the gospel.

God is clothing us with power. Even when it gets dangerous and situations become uncertain, we are not to give up. God is with us. He equips us.  That strength and power that we receive is so that we can overcome anything that is going on around us.