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They have to wait until they are at least 16 to get a learner's permit or driving licence because driving is more than getting behind the wheel and making that car move. No, it involves a lot more that can only be land between the time one gets the car moving successively and the time one can be declared safe to drive both for themselves and for other road users and so today as we talk about the out powering one of the aspects will be covering is waiting because waiting is one of the most difficult aspect of our lives in general and not just the christian life because people just don't like to it, but we do nevertheless because it's part of the process of clearing what and where we want. And remember we dedicated a whole week to talk about waiting. You can check that out in our episodes, weighing the book of arts is a continuation by look from where he left.
In the book of look, he begins by addressing their fillers, a roman official who he held in high regard. Look introduces the reason christ to their fillers and the promise that jesus had made to his disciples. He represents represents a continuation of christ work After his resurrection. And so today we are going to go through the text in the book of acts as we share about the outpouring at Chapter one I'll start from verse one Look says to the other fillers. 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 their posters, 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 40 days and spoke about the Kingdom of God on one occasion while he was eaten with them, he gave them this command.
Do not leave Jerusalem but wait for the gift my father promised which you had 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 of Israel? He said to them, it's not for you to know the times or dates the father has said by his own authority, but you will receive the power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all judea and sumeria to the ends of the earth. And he said this after he said this, he was taken up before uh he was taken up before their very eyes and a cloud hit him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. Men of galilee, they shared, why do you stand here looking into the sky?
This same jesus who has been taken from you into heaven will come back in the same way You have seen him go to heaven. So in verse two and three look, reminds the or filler the last works of Jesus before his accession, jesus through the Holy Spirit give his disciples commandments, an infallible proof of life As he told them things pertaining to the Kingdom of God during the 40 days that he was with them after the resurrection. And I want us to note here something very important at this stage, Jesus is resurrected, glorified. But even with the authority and the sovereignity that was his, he chose to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to direct the instruction he was about to give the disciples. So before he even got to the point where he would tell them to it upon the Holy Spirit, he himself said an example of the role of the Holy Spirit in the mission they were about to undertake.
There could be no better example to show that we cannot do the work appointed as without the anointing of the Holy Spirit. If our Lord, jesus christ with all his power, relied on the Holy Spirit to do ministry even after resurrection, what else can we do? And then in verse four and five, we see Jesus given his final command to his disciples, they were to do nothing else but wait for the Holy Spirit, this was the promise of the father without which they would not have done anything meaningful for the Kingdom of God. It was a gift promised by God himself, which was bound to be fulfilled, that it was worth waiting for something that they would have to have faith and patience to receive. And this was a promise that was woven into the fabric of ministry. Long before it began, Jesus told them that they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
And this brings out the concept of baptism as we know it. You know, yesterday, I talked about the emotion and how I was baptized and it happened uh about jesus during his baptism, you know, the concept of total immersion, an absolute covering, I want you to think about that absolute covering by the Holy Spirit, this was the condition that had to be fulfilled before anything else. And this absolute, imagine this absolute covering of the Holy Spirit would give them the power to perform miracle. The Holy Spirit would enlighten them, sanctify their soul and set them on the divine path. And even though jesus did not give the disciples the exact date when the promise would be fulfilled, they knew that they had to wait until when it was God's type. And you know, on hearing the words of jesus, the disciples would have thought that he was speaking apocalyptically and thus their interest in knowing that the time had finally come for the Kingdom of Visa to be restored.
And we see jesus rebuking them gently and re focusing their attention back to the Holy Spirit and their mission to be witnesses in the world. And in the conclusion of this dialogue, it's rather interesting because if you know the details, it ends in a declarative statement or something, I would call a prophecy which we see fulfilled. You know, it says uh in 17 as their posters preach through Jerusalem uh in Acts 8 12 is a record of the gospel in judea and sumeria in Acts 13 28 is the Gospel to the rest of the world, just like Jesus had said when he said, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit camps or new and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all judea and Sumeria and to the ends of the world. And unlike the way jesus appeared and reappeared after release correction, we see him in the last of the few verses we have read today being lifted to the heavens.
This was designed so that the disciples would know he was gone for good this time and the next face was about to begin because it was only after he was gone that the Holy Spirit the helper would descend for the second times the disciples appears distracted by yet another event and it's only after the angels have appeared and asked them why are you staring at the sky? That they remember? Their commission was to go back to Jerusalem to wait upon the Holy Spirit. I know we've just begun this new series on out powering and like as we said today at the beginning, waiting as part of the process of getting what we want. The biblical sense of waiting, especially on the promise of God is not a passive waiting. It is a process of becoming what god intends us to become even after the ground has been prepared and ready for the seed.
A farmer knows to wait for the outpouring of the rain, it requires patience and understanding that God is in control of his promise and it's fulfilling and the period between the promise is given and when it is fulfilled is a time for us to set priorities, writes It teaches us to persevere and train our focus on the promises of the father, whose words is yes, any man, His promises are yes and amen. Are you ready for the outpouring? Have you been waiting for the outpouring? This is Pastor, lucy painter with your daily insight, and this is outpouring day too shallow.