Daily Spirit & Word: 523: Holy Spirit is the POWER for His Mission.
Jesus Last Words
40 Days With Jesus: Day 39: Power For Purpose. Acts 1:6-8.
Hi friends, today we’re going to focus on the last recorded words of Jesus Christ in the Bible before He finally ascended into Heaven. If you’ve been following this series, then we’re in the penultimate day of 40 Days With Jesus. However, you’ll note that Jesus repeats Himself again. Why did Jesus constantly repeat and re-state things to His Disciples? Because He knows how fickle we are, how slow of heart to believe God’s promises and how easily deceived we are. We’ll accept God Word as TRUTH one day and the next, because of circumstances, we’ll be questioning. We’ll exhibit strong faith one day and the tendency to doubt the next. So it’s critical that we never tire of going over what the Bible teaches and what God’s wants to impact upon our hearts and minds.
Acts 1:6-8 (NIV) So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 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.”
Here is the Amplified Bible as well: by reading different translations you’ll get a much better understanding of God’s original Word.
Acts 1:6-8 (AMP) So when they were assembled, they asked Him, Lord, is this the time when You will reestablish the kingdom and restore it to Israel? 7 He said to them, It is not for you to become acquainted with and know what time brings [the things and events of time and their definite periods] or fixed years and seasons (their critical niche in time), which the Father has appointed (fixed and reserved) by His own choice and authority and personal power. 8 But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.
The above are the LAST WORDS of Jesus.
First the ‘Last Words’ of the Worlds Most Famous:
George Best (The famous footballer and alcoholic) said, “Don’t die like I did”. He died of kidney failure due to excessive intake of alcohol.
Buddha (The Founder of Buddhism) said, “Work hard to gain your own salvation”. If only he’d heard the Gospel, he’d have known that we cannot save ourselves, because we can’t wash away our own sin, we need to be cleansed by Jesus for Salvation.
Salvadore Dali (Famous Painter) “I do not believe in my own death” No matter how much we may wish ‘never to die’ no amount of wishing will ever prevent it from happening. “It’s appointed for a man to die” Hebrews 9:27 KJV.
Diana Princess of Wales (Died in a Car Crash in Paris) “My God, What’s happening?” It’s only what will be happening to everyone of us, one day: DEATH comes calling, we can’t stop it, because we’ve got our own appointment to keep. Hebrews 9:27 KJV and then we’ll face God’s judgement.
Lord Henry Temple Palmerston (1784–1865) Prime Minister, said on his deathbed; “Die, my dear Doctor, that’s the last thing I shall do!” and it was 🙂
What would you like to say to everyone before you take the leap into eternity?
What Jesus said before He departed reveals what’s most important to the Creator of the Universe:
Jesus Christ, the One and Only Son of God said “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.” just before He was taken up into Heaven before their very eyes.
Receive The Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit came on the Disciples at Pentecost. Just ten days after Jesus’ last words.
We looked at this yesterday, but let’s think about why it might be so important to Jesus to repeat this to His followers over and over again. Jesus wants them and us to understand something critically important about the Christian life: We cannot do it, we can’t live the Christian life in our own strength, we need Jesus, (John 15:1-17), we need the indwelling presence and the New Birth of the Holy Spirit (John 1:12 and John 3) and we need God as our Father (Romans 8:15) , because unless we’re Born Again and Empowered, we’ll be operating in our own strength, just like: Buddha mentioned above, and Mohammad, and Roman Catholicism and every other religious system or practice, we’ll be trying to “be ‘good” but we’ll find that we’ve failed and failed miserably too.
Why do we need Jesus? Why do we need the Holy Spirit?
We need Jesus Christ, because we need to be cleansed of all our sin to be able to enter into Heaven. If we don’t get cleaned-up by Jesus, we’ll be headed for Hell. Jesus said,
Luke 13:3 (AMP) “I tell you, No; but unless you repent (change your mind for the better and heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins), you will all likewise perish and be lost eternally.”
John 3:14-21 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
15 that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”
I.E. We’re not saved by our good works or hard work to save ourselves, like Buddha wants you to try SO HARD, but we can only be SAVED by Repenting from our Sins and Being SAVED by Jesus Christ when we TRUST IN HIS DEATH and RECEIVE HIM AS LORD.
Being saved is not about us becoming good or better, we need to be completely cleansed from sin to be saved. God’s standard is 100% perfection, to be perfect we need to have ALL our sins removed. That’s why Jesus Christ had to die, He died to take away our sins.
But it’s not Just forgiveness for when we die, Jesus also wants us to life a RIGHTEOUS life NOW, every single day of our Born Again Lives for Him. He knows we’re going to need God on the inside to enable us to do that. So God’s sends the Holy Spirit in POWER.
Power to Live and also Power to WITNESS.
The Holy Spirit gives you the POWER to be a WITNESS for the LORD. (See yesterday’s Teaching).
These are the LAST words of Jesus, they are critically important for us today. Without the Holy Spirit we can’t live for one second the way that God desires. We can try, we can try our best to ‘be good’, but in the end we’ll fail and we’ll still have our sins on our own head. I don’t want anyone to appear before the Lord on Judgement Day without having trust Him as their Saviour.
The Holy Spirit is given for God’s purpose of SAVING others. He wants His message and offer of New Life and forgiveness of sins to be taken right around the world. Even today, God’s continuing desire is that we begin in our own Jerusalem (Our neighbourhood), then to go to our Samaria (the places around about us), and finally to our Ends of the Earth. People are being born every single day, they ALL need to know and understand the GOSPEL in order to be SAVED. Until Jesus returns there’s a new generation being born every minute, they all need to know about Him. Our Mission today us just as important or even more so, because the World’s population is increasing daily. God needs many more Christians EMPOWERED by the Holy Spirit, to take out the life-transforming message.
Jesus has given you everything you need to accomplish His Mission, now all He needs is a few Christians who’re going to be obedient and start working for Him. How’s your Kingdom work going? How’s your witnessing? Remember Romans 10:10-20 “Faith COMES by Hearing the Gospel”. How can they HEAR unless someone goes and tells them the good news.
So many ‘believers’ settle for far less: “They’ll know about Jesus by the way I live”… They will NOT!, all they’ll see is a ‘good person’, they are dying daily and entering judgement, because someone didn’t tell them the Good News of the Gospel.
People can’t come to faith by observing how Christians are living, they need to know what to do in order to be saved. That will only happen if they are TOLD. Call it what you like, “Preaching”, “Proclamation”, “Evangelism”, “Witnessing”, but we need to just get out there and do it.
People will not come to ‘church’: Why? Because they are enjoying the pleasures of sin. It’s foolish to think that sinners are seeking for God. It’s like a burglar or thief looking for a policeman to sit down and have a cup of tea with him. NO WAY would that ever happen, because a criminal doens’t want to get caught. So sinners will stay away from ‘church’ because they know, deep down, that going to a church will expose their sins and mean change must happen in their life. They don’t want to be reminded of what they’ve not done. So don’t wait for people to come to ‘church’ to be saved, they’ll never do it willingly. SAVE them first then they’ll never want to stay away from church.
When we go out to share the Gospel, as we did last night on the Streets of London, we’re not going out to just increase the size of our congregation, we’re going to win people to the Lord. Yes we might possibly have someone join our fellowship, but the most important thing is to go and do what Jesus told us to do. When we LOVE Him we’ll want to obey His Commands, His final command was to get the POWER and Go.
So the question for all of us today is: “Are we ready, empowered and willing to be obedient to Jesus commands?” Holy Spirit is the POWER for you to complete Christ’s Mission.
What will your last words be? What will people say about you? What will Jesus say when you arrive in Heaven?
Matthew 25:23 23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
See ya later 🙂 I’m gone!
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” Alber Einstein.