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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”—Acts 1:8 (NKJV)
When a person is near the end of their life, they carefully calculate what they say. These aren’t casual comments; they’re filled with importance. Which is why we need to make special note of Christ’s last words before departing this world and returning to His Father in heaven.
He tells His followers they would receive something that would enable them to live in an entirely different way. In fact, they would be more spiritually effective in serving God than they were when they physically walked alongside His Son! This game-changing gift was nothing less than the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead!
This wasn’t the first time Jesus spoke of this. Over a month earlier, on the night before He was crucified, He had sown the seeds of this promise in the hearts of His disciples: “I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever” (John 14:16 NKJV).
In context, Jesus had just told them He was going to depart after many months of being with them. They were confused and concerned, and understandably so. When you subtract Jesus from the equation, the disciple’s aren’t too impressive!
But that’s where the Holy Spirit comes in and makes all the difference. He would help them in ways Jesus hadn’t; He would open their spiritual understanding to truths they just didn’t “get” previously. The Spirit would even have a relationship with them in a way Jesus hadn’t by actually dwelling within them spiritually in a way that transcended their time with Jesus!
The Godhead knew what these men and women needed, and in keeping with His perfect nature, the perfect provision was provided. By way of the Spirit’s abiding presence, these loose ends of society would turn the world on its ear.
Sometimes we can view the Holy Spirit as a sort of consolation prize to hold us over until we see Jesus face to face. That’s so wrong! As then, we who are in Christ have been blessed with God’s indwelling presence through His Spirit, Who stands ready to help us in all of our needs!
DIG: What made Jesus’ last words so important?
DISCOVER: How have you seen Jesus’ last words regarding the power of the Spirit at work in your life or the lives of others?
DISPLAY: How would you describe your relationship with the Holy Spirit and does it match the biblical description? Spend some time this week taking inventory of your day-to-day relationship with the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.