During this pandemic we have been bombarded with information about what is happening around Australia and the world through the news and current affair type programs. We need to see “some” news each day but that’s enough. So we have as a family enjoyed watching programs that are on 7TWO or Netflix etc. I enjoy watching a program on 9Rush, the new channel 96, called “Wheeler Dealers” which repeats the same episode 3 times each day! Check it out sometime. I am amazed at the cars they buy as they are often very rough around the edges and at times not far offgoing to the wreckers, yet with a lot of knowledge and hard work the presenters restore these old preloved cars and have them as good or even better than new. This reminds me of my life at times as I can feel I’m not far off going to the “wreckers” yet there is a way forward which many of us struggle to accept. Jesus has an answer that is available for all of us. Jesus gives us the power for living. The disciples were broken and lost when they saw their Master executed, so imagine their joy because of the miraculous resurrection, they saw and spoke with Jesus again several times after that. Then, in Acts 1, we read the promise that the resurrected Jesus said to His disciples. These same words apply to us also.
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Acts 1:6-11, ESV.
I’m tempted to go out and “buy an old car and restore it and make a profit” but I’m married to a wise lady who knows if I ever finished it, I’d probably make a loss, so it’s not happening any time soon! But, how wonderful it is that a new life with Jesus with His power for our everyday living is provided to us for free. We simply need to receive it. As a result of the presence of the Holy Spirit within us there are many things we can do for Jesus in His strength and for His glory.
What did Jesus say to His disciples, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses!”