Why power?

Acts 1:8
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Judea was governed by its own kings and laws but now, it was subject to the Romans. The Romans collected taxes and did many other things which people didn’t like. This bondage was monstrous and the nation sighed for deliverance.

The disciples expected that Jesus since He was the Son of God would reign as a prince and conqueror, and would free them from the bondage of the Romans.

They expected Jesus to restore them to their former state of freedom and prosperity, as in the times of King David and King Solomon.

The disciples didn’t really understand the true nature of Jesus’ kingdom. Maybe they thought that Jesus would come with a large physical army to overthrow the Romans and put Jews in charge. They didn’t know that God’s kingdom is spiritual not physical. Jesus changes people from the inside out.

All their lives, the disciples expected Jesus to restore the “kingdom” with Jews in charge. Now Jesus dies and their dreams are shuttered. So when Jesus resurrects from the dead, they ask him the same question? “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”

Jesus then tells them what is going to happen in Acts 1:8. Jesus now reveals the plan. He’s like look guys, you want to restore Israel to yourselves but my plan is bigger than that. I (Jesus) want you to witness to me starting here until the end of the earth.

Now let’s break down this verse, Acts 1:8. The word “power” here refers to the help or aid which the Holy Spirit would grant; the power of speaking with new tongues; of preaching the gospel with great effect; of enduring great trials, and many other things.

For this purpose the disciples had been appointed; and to prepare them for this they had been with Him (Jesus Christ) for more than three years. They had seen His manner of life, His miracles, His meekness, His sufferings; they had listened to His instructions, and had conversed and eaten with Him as a friend; they had seen Him after He was risen, and were about to see Him ascend to heaven; and they were thus qualified to bear witness to these things in all parts of the earth.

One Bible commentator says that the original word for witnesses was “martyrs”.

The reason why this name “martyrs” was given to the disciples was that they bore witness to the life, instructions, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, even in the midst of persecution and death.

It was in this way that Jesus replied to their question. Though he did not tell them the time when it was to be done, nor affirm that he would restore the kingdom to Israel, yet he gave them an answer that implied that the work should advance – should advance much further than the land of Israel; and that they would have much to do in promoting it.

All the commands of God, and all his communications, are such as to call up our energy, and teach us that we have much to do.

Therefore, like the disciples (Apostles), the purpose of the Power of the Holy Spirit upon our lives is to enable us witness to Jesus Christ. It is to be good ambassadors of Jesus Christ. To bring what is in heaven on to earth.

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