And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until you be endued with power from on high.– Luke 24:49
Here Jesus is telling His disciples to be patient and wait for the coming promise- the power of the Holy Spirit of God. It is good that He gives this instruction that still holds the same toward us this very day. Think of the excitement and zeal they must have assuredly felt after witnessing Jesus resurrected in the flesh! Jesus was dead and had now appeared to them FULLY alive! He walked and talked with them just as He had done prior to His crucifixion. Imagine keeping that to yourself? What a burning desire they must have felt to run and tell Everyone about this most magnificent, life changing, history making event above all events! But then here’s Jesus telling them to remain silent and to go wait in Jerusalem- how difficult it must have been for them to obey! I mean just think how excited we get when we hear the latest gossip or news before most other people- we cannot wait to let them know that we have the scoop- and boy did the disciples have the scoop!
When we come to know the Lord Jesus Christ in personal fellowship, we too will experience the EXACT same event His first disciples did! Yes, there will come a day when everything with fall into place- the scales will drop from our eyes- and Jesus will no longer be just a man who did the greatest of deeds for us; He will no longer be the historical figure that we are told to emulate. No, if we truly seek after Him- reading and meditating upon His Word and coming to Him in humble prayer- there will come a day that we WILL find Him! And it will be that day that He rises from the grave and appears to us resurrected and FULLY alive! Oh, what a beautiful day when we see Him in His glory! What freedom when our eyes and ears are opened to see and hear the TRUTH! It is then that we too, just like the disciples, will want to run out and tell everyone what we have discovered! Our best intentioned zeal may take many forms but, dear friend in the faith, we would do best to stop and wait for the Lord now more than ever before. Afterall, He has commanded us to do so and with good reason!
You see, we have only now at that point come to understand the truth and we need time to grow in our faith, in the Word, and in the Spirit! The last thing we want to do is go out in the flesh to spread spiritual truths- this leads to pitfalls, setbacks, tarnished testimonies; and so much more. Needless and senseless heartaches will ensue and it may take years to set straight what we destroyed because of our desire to go out into the world to spread the Word of God before we were sent. If only we would have heeded the words of our Savior and waited for Him, the grief and heartache and loss and regret we would have spared ourselves. It is true that Father knows best and the sooner we learn to listen and obey the easier our journey on the road to glory will be!
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27:14