Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they were filled with power from above so that they could be witnesses for Him in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Jesus was speaking about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that was about to take place on the day of Pentecost.
Pentecost was the Feast of Weeks when the nation of Israel celebrated the anniversary of the day God gave them the Law at Mt Sinai.
It was significant that God chose this day on which to pour out His Spirit.
God had given Israel His laws but they were incapable of keeping those laws without breaking them.
The Apostle Paul who was an expert in the law made this clear when he said: “I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway” Rom:7:19
He went on to say, “Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.” Rom 7:24-25
The Holy Spirit came like a rushing mighty wind so that we could be filled with a higher power and live a higher way.
Paul said: “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Rom 8:2
The Old Law that had been in place for 1500 years was superseded by a higher law, a higher power.
God sent His Spirit so that we could be filled with His power and live in a way that would be impossible to live in our own natural strength.
Paul encourages us, “be filled with the Holy Spirit and constantly guided by Him.” (Ephesians 5:18) “Be filled” is also translated, “keep on being filled.”
He reminds us that we all need to be filled and continually refilled with the Spirit of God.
Let’s keep on being filled and refilled with the Holy Spirit so that we can live by a Higher power and a Higher way in 2019!