Words from the Heart for Sunday June 4th, 2017
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.
Luke 24:49 (NIV)
Clothed With Power from on High
After Jesus was raised from the dead, He showed Himself alive to the fearful disciples. For the next forty days they often met with Him and learned more about His ongoing plans. On the fiftieth day the Promise of the Father was released to them. The Spirit of the Lord was poured out. He was the One promised. His power was given to them, just like Jesus said.
The first electric light was turned on in Winnipeg on March 12, 1873. Robert A. Davis, proprietor of Davis House, a hotel on Main Street, used an electric arc light to illuminate the front of his building. At the time, the Manitoba Free Press reported “The (electric) lamp in front of the Davis Hotel is quite an institution. It looks well and guides the weary traveler to a haven of rest, billiards and hot drinks, and lights up the streets probably more than the lamp of the newly incorporated gas company will for centuries to come.” This event took place six years before Edison’s first incandescent lamp was invented, four years before hard-drawn copper was invented, and three years before the first complete sentence was spoken over the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell.
The third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is found on the first page of the Bible, hovering over the formless and empty earth, over the waters, Genesis 1:2 tells us. Because He is God, He has always been and always will be. We see Him at work on the pages of the Old Testament, bringing conviction and anointing leaders like King Saul and King David for the task to which He had appointed them. We see Him at work in leading the people of Israel across the desert for 40 years, and He took residence in the Holy of Holies. He has always been with God’s people and He always will be. Why do I speak about these things? Today is the Day of Pentecost, the Hebrew festival that God chose as the day to birth the Christian church. As the people gathered for the festival, ten days after Jesus had ascended to Glory, the Holy Spirit came in power and filled the lives of God’s people. Jesus had promised this would happen. In Luke 24:49, Jesus said: “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.” While the Holy Spirit has always been with God’s people, on the Day of Pentecost everything changed. The Holy Spirit, was able, for the first time, to fill every heart and life who had been cleansed by God the Son.
These have been words from the heart.