In Acts 1:8-11, the ascension of Jesus Christ takes place. Something special happened as Jesus gave his final instructions and shot off into the clouds. What was it? What does this event have to do with you?
When Jesus ascended to heaven, an eternal hand-off from Jesus to the disciples. 3 years of public ministry had come to an end and now it is up to them. And now it is up to us. In John 16, Jesus said it would be to the disciples advantage that he would leave…because then…you would get the Holy Spirit.
Let me ask you this – I understand this was a promise for the disciples…but is this a different Holy Spirit? A different source of power than the HS that lives in us? Are we to be a witness to a different Jesus? We have the power to be a witness for Jesus in our neighborhood, our community, our workplace..and we as a church are giving to missions, some of us are answering the call to missions to allow the Gospel to go to the ends of the earth.
If a loved one held your hand before they passed, and they gave you final instruction… would you listen? People, this was Jesus’ last instruction before leaving earth. So church…ARE YOU? Are you being a witness to others? Your mission is to spread the Gospel, the message of Jesus…He came, He died, He rose again…and He left – and has chosen us to spread Word about Him, His love, and His Salvation. Will you?