Acts 1:4-5 “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
As I read this verse in my daily reading I thought for a second about the anticipation the apostles must have had. It is somewhat overwhelming to think these men(the apostles) had given their lives to a man who claimed to be the Savior of the world. They walked with Him, they ate with Him, they even wore the dust from his trail because they followed so intently trusting in the adventure that came with another day. But then they saw him brutally murdered… The man they trusted and followed was taken and crucified for a crime he did not commit. He always spoke of His life as a life he lived to die, but I believe deep down in the apostles hearts they didn’t want to believe this part of the truth. No one wants to believe their hope can be taken from them. So the story goes Jesus died and rose again and was eating with his apostles and he makes this statement,
“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Holy Crap! Can you feel the tension in this statement…what anticipation they must have felt! And that is what I feel is something we are missing in our “Christian Faith.” The “unheard of anticipation” of God’s miraculous work in our lives. We are somewhere caught between the death and resurrection holding on to hope that behind closed doors, and hush hush, we are really struggling to hold on to. And Jesus is trying to tell us, wait the story is not over yet! Look whats to come. And if you are missing the anticipation of what God has in store for you next then you are missing out on life! Today I pray and hope that we all at some point fall on our faces and beg God to rock our worlds, and to do something that only he can do through us. And I pray we reignite the tension in our lives for Jesus Christ…because my friends the story is far from over and God is up to something in this world, and he has chosen you to be apart of it!