In this passage of the book of Acts, Jesus left his disciples with this final, very important message saying to them before he ascended to heaven. "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about (Acts 1:4).” Jesus also told them at this time to wait for the gift God promised. The people must have wondered what this promise was to be. Perhaps they wondered if he could keep his promise. We know that it is not easy to always keep our promises, even those we make to God. Our God kept his promise, and he sent Jesus into this world as the prophets in the Old Testament had mentioned. After Jesus was born, and grew up and started his ministry serving God and his people, Jesus made a promise.
In John 14:16-18. Jesus says, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” Jesus made a promise, a binding covenant, that he would send the Holy Spirit, this other advocate, to be with his people forever. When this Holy Spirit came, he would be with them and help them to live and work for God.
And Jesus continued. He said in Acts 1:5, “For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we will become children of God and is said that we are baptized with the Holy Spirit. This means that when the Holy Spirit comes upon us, when we truly accept Jesus Christ, we are being controlled by God. So the Holy Spirit is leading us and helping us to become true disciples, true students of our Lord as we work for him. The Holy Spirit helps us to be children of God.
As you know, we are children of God and disciples of Christ. We learn from him. We believe that the Spirit of God is living in us here on earth. To his disciples, Jesus said in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." The book of Acts is known to be the book of Apostles or the book of the Holy Spirit. Disciples of Christ chose to go out into their world and make disciples throughout all the earth. They are also called the witness of Christ. After making this promise of sending the Holy spirit to be with his people, Jesus ascended to heaven.
This message is given to all the disciples of Christ until today. As a follower of Christ, we are to do our best to be a witness of the gospel. Then our Lord will be so pleased. Let us continue to so, so that more people will come back to God and work as disciples of Christ.
Rev Dr Je Cheol Cook