“So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”” Acts of the Apostles 1:6-8 NLT
I was reading thought Acts 1 this morning and verses 6-8 jumped out at me. In the verses above we see the Apostles asked Jesus a question and they got a reply that was probably different to what they thought.
The Question: Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?
The Reply: The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know.
The Apostles were desperate to know if it was time for the Kingdom to truly come and if Israel will be set free. But Jesus did not answer in the way they thought, He gave them a mission.
The Mission: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere.
The Father does want to free us and bring His Kingdom, but instead of doing it all at once, He chose to use us with the Holy Spirit as our power source.
This way the Kingdom gets build one person at a time. This is how is has been for nearly 2000 years.
Yes a time will come when Jesus returns and the Kingdom is fully ushered in, but in the meantime it is up to ordinary people, like you and me, to share Jesus with others.
As we share our faith, with the power of the Holy Spirit, people will come to Christ and His Kingdom will be built.
As I type I am reminded of 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”
The heart of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, is people coming to Jesus for salvation. He wants all to come to faith. Let us play our part today.
A question for us today: Who are you praying for and sharing your faith with at the moment?