Mission - But Not Yet

Today's Bible reading: Luke 24:50-52

This morning our continuing study of God’s MASTER PLAN as revealed in the Holy Scriptures coincides perfectly with where we are on the CALENDAR OF THE CHURCH YEAR.  We are in the days between EASTER, the festival of the Resurrection of Our Lord, and ASCENSION, the Festival that celebrates the conclusion of His physical presence on earth and His joyous return to heaven.  The Gospel writers tell us that for forty days after His resurrection, Jesus continued to show Himself to the disciples – explaining to them the meaning of the Scriptures, and teaching them about the Kingdom.  By this time they at least understand that His Kingdom is not an ordinary earthly realm, though they seem still to think in some way that it has to do with the restoration of the fortunes of old Israel.  Further, they want a time-plan for the future.  Jesus refuses to give them such a time plan.  God has work for them to do, the scope of which they as yet cannot begin to see and understand.  YET before that work begins, they must do some waiting.  They still have to receive the “promise of the Father” - the gift of the Holy Spirit - who will give them the power for their mission.  Meanwhile they are to know that they are to be His fully authorized witnesses – that is, those who testified to the truth that Christ is the risen Lord and Savior.  This is the message they are to bring to the whole world – from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth...the EASTER message we are sharing in these days.

Prayer: Oh God, on the day of Pentecost You taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the life of Your Holy Spirit.  Grant that by the same Spirit we may have right judgment in all things and always rejoice in His holy strengthening; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.