Today’s WORD (Text) Luke 24:29
49/ And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.
These briefly stated instructions from the resurrected Christ to his disciples to remain in Jerusalem until they receive the promised Holy Spirt are a hugely important part of the church’s history. The Holy Spirit, commonly known as the third person of the Holy Trinity, and here Jesus indicates that its promised arrival will bring power to the believers from God on high. Up to now the disciples have remained sequestered, undoubtedly dealing with a barrage of emotions form grief to fear, uncertainty, disbelief, hope, and now renewed faith due to the appearance of Jesus in their midst. Jesus not only appears but assures them that the promise of God will be fulfilled with the Holy Spirit’s arrival. This no doubt prompted the start of their movement from despair to celebration to anticipation. Their teacher, who had promised that he would be raised in three days has resurfaced and is now reassuring them that the promise from the Father of Holy Spirit empowerment is eminent.
What should Holy Spirit empowerment mean for Christians today, and how does the Holy Spirit function in the life of today’s church?
Dear Lord, thank you for revealing your resurrected body to the believing community. Thank you for visiting the disciples so that they might verify and confirm the fulfillment of your promise. Thank you for being a God who keeps your promises to your little ones. Thank you for bringing hope amidst the most incomprehensible and extreme circumstances of life. Thank you for your great faithfulness in appearing to the believing community in every generation. Thank you for turning moments of danger and devastation into seasons of hope and anticipation. We seek the empowerment of your Holy Spirit that we may fulfill your Great Commission and Great Commandment in the earth, in the Name of Jesus, Amen.
The Passionary Intention
Today, I choose to live my life with passion. Today, I intend to follow Christ more nearly, love more dearly and incarnate God’s grace more clearly by asking myself three questions:
- Where will I follow Christ today?
- To whom shall I demonstrate Jesus’ love and justice today?
- How can I play my part in practicing the presence of Christ, right here, right now?
The Passionary Movement Word and Witness devotion is published weekdays (Monday – Friday). Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, Executive Director of American Baptist Home Mission Societies is the author of today’s devotion.
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