“6 When they therefore had come together, they asked of Him, saying,
“Lord, wilt Thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?”
7 And He said unto them,
“It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father hath put in His own power.
8 But ye shall receive power after the Holy Spirit is come upon you;
and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.””
(Acts 1:6-8 KJ21)
Here we are hearing the last words of rabbi Jeshua before he left his apostles.
It is not because Jesus was going to send a Helper, that they had nothing to do. The opposite this Helper would make work light for them. They would get an attitude of willingness to follow up that what Jesus asked from them.
Taking all sorts of occasions to go out and talk to others about the Messiah and the coming Kingdom of God. – Trip to Jerusalem Trip to Jerusalem pub reputed to be the oldest inn in England – established 1189 A.D. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In Acts 1 we see that the disciples were hoping the kingdom would be established right then (verse 6); but no, they were to be witnesses, beginning “in Jerusalem … to the end of the earth” (verse 8).
Shouldn’t this last words before Jesus was taken up to come to sit next to his heavenly Father
in heaven, be of our first concern. Clearly that command given to his disciples was not only for them, but for all those who were going to claim to be a follower of Christ
. Those who now call themselves Christian
, should have to go proclaiming
that what Jesus also preached, to the places near them, but also to places not so near.
Today we may notice a lot of turmoil and probably can come to see some signs which may give us the understanding some important events started already. We are given signs
by the Most HighCreator
so that we can prepare ourselves for the difficult times
to come. We better make sure we are ready.