#2132 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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4 While meeting with them, he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for “the promise of the Father[c] about which you have heard me speak; 5 for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the holy Spirit.” 6 When they had gathered together they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going[d] to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 [e]He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. 8 [f]But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Somehow I think we have misunderstood the type of “power” that Jesus was speaking about to the disciples here. The power He speaks of is clothed with humility, servanthood, and an awareness of encroaching sin and the strength to overcome that sin. I doubt that those really listening to Him had forgotten when He bowed before them to wash their feet. They surely had not forgotten the agony of his suffering before His tormentors. The power He speaks of is the power to “overcome the world”. (John 16:33)
Christians were never intended to be a political foil for government to court or denigrate. We live before a king whose reign is forever, and while political fortunes ebb and flow all around us the principles of the kingdom of Jesus the Christ are eternal.
Sing praise to the king of kings, lift high the Holy Name of Jesus