I can only imagine what the disciples were witnessing! As You slowly rose off the ground and ascended into heaven, I’m sure their gaze followed. Standing below, Your followers must have been filled with a strange, new hope. This was not the end, they realized. Your kingdom, Jesus, had only begun.
And then You sent Your Holy Spirit to fill Your people, just as You had promised. You told them a Helper was coming. And suddenly, the same men whose faith had wavered under simpler circumstances now surged with conviction and power as they preached even through persecution. You are the Son of God! And they devoted their life to proclaiming faith in You as the key to salvation. To have been there! To have seen it with my own eyes. It is so hard to grasp.
Your truth tells me,
There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12 NASB).
Lord, I love to meditate on Your words in the book of Acts. You give me a clear and glorious glimpse into what You intend for me and Your followers. No one was left out of the call. You equipped each believer to carry out the Great Commission, and You sent Your Holy Spirit to live inside of us—inside me—to guide us through life! And to me and to all the believers, the matter is clear: We have life-giving power for a lost and dying world. And no power of darkness can stop Your sovereign hand.