The Holy Spirit



Daily reading: Acts 1:1-14
Tuesday April 5, 2016

Focus passage: “Rather, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  Acts 1:8

In the third chapter of John’s gospel, Nicodemus, a religious leader came to Jesus under the cover of night and they had a conversation about the Holy Spirit and the Kingdom of God.  Jesus told him, “the Spirit of God blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.  So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”  (John 3:8)  Just like we don’t control the wind, the Spirit of god is something that takes hold of us and compels us forward in ministry: which doesn’t really give us a lot to hold onto, if we are hoping for a concrete plan of the future.

Just like the disciples, we have preconceived notions of what it means to follow Jesus.  The disciples had anticipated that the kingdom Jesus spoke about would usher in a time when the Roman government would be overthrown and end the Roman occupation of the Jewish people.  They even ask Jesus “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?”  Jesus responds like he did in his conversation with Nicodemus, reminding the disciples we do not know the mind of God, or the timing of God’s plans, but what we do know is that God will never leave us alone, God will give the gift of the Holy Spirit to his followers.

Prayer: God of the resurrected Christ, breathe new life into the dead spaces of my world.  Amen.

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