44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
Jesus has risen and is now with his disciples sharing food once again. He supernaturally opens their minds to understand scripture which they are to now share with all nations but they are to wait to receive the power of the Holy Spirit.
How grateful am I that they did this. They waited and then they went. Repentance and the forgiveness of sin is the main message to be preached to all nations v47. Down the centuries believers have done this. Now as believers we are to do this – let people (friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, strangers) know there is forgiveness for sin, their lives can be made right and future changed, freedom and restoration can come. What fabulous news! Jesus did not leave the disciples an impossible task and he didn’t leave them alone to do it, the Holy Spirit was going with them and empowering them. I have received the same power from on high as the disciples, Jesus command to them is the same for me, the challenge for me is to do it. Let others know, as someone did for me, of this good news and not forget where I have come from and what Jesus has done for me.
Holy Spirit come and fill me again with your passion and boldness to speak of your life, repentance and forgiveness through Jesus. Amen
Written by Suzie Hodgson