by Linda Boyette
I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you…the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. (John 14: 17, 26)
For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself. Acts 2:39)
Have you ever given much thought to the Words of Jesus spoken to His disciples before His crucifixion and their reaction after His resurrection? I have. Though I belong to Him and long to follow Him, like the early disciples, I too, at times find myself easily distressed over what appears to be instead of claiming His past Words of truth for the present opportunity of living in the reality of what truly is: Easter’s Triumphant Source – The Holy Spirit of Jesus!
On that first Easter morning, the dazzling messenger greeted those terrified women with “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He is risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee…” The women remembered His words but without understanding. The apostles heard this earth-shaking news but it appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them and remained hidden with doors shut filled with fear (Luke 24 & John 20).
Oh, how I love Calvary’s mercy. Jesus didn’t choose another twelve who would do better and He didn’t withdraw His commission to go tell. Standing in their midst, living proof of His Word, He rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart (Mark 16). Then Jesus, demonstrating resurrection grace, opened their minds to understand the Scriptures (John 24:45). and announced again the Father’s promised source of power for being the disciples He had chosen and died for. I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:49).
I must never forget Jesus’ absolute sacrifice! He alone is my Savior who rescues me from darkness, redeems me from the captivity of the devil and enslavement to sin. His blood reconciles me to God, our Father, and restores His holy image. I must never forget the cross is the Father’s way for my receiving His promised Holy Spirit who fills my center with all of His fullness for living in the will of the Father. He pours into my life the right Spirit – the only source, providing eternal life, divine agape empowered living and the pure privilege of being One with Father and Jesus (John 17).
The early disciples were told to wait for the promise. Today, this very moment, the presence of the promise is available for living within you and me, fulfilling the guarantee of all that is Christ’s is mine (John 7:37, 38; Romans 8:17; Ephesians 1:13, 14 NLT). If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him (Luke 11:13)?
In the midst of a dark and hopeless world, the hope and strength one receives in this new day of knowing where to seek Him, and remembering the old words of our risen Lord is so precious. Then and now, one can never be his disciple by mere desire and fleshly effort. He came, He died, He arose and lives to be my Savior, center, and source. Jesus IS enough!
Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you (Acts 3:19, 20).
Ask Jesus for His Holy Spirit and know, moment by moment, the beauty of renewed life!
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