But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
In the Book of Acts the disciples were called on to testify, at the risk of their lives, to the gospel. Without Jesus standing with them, how would they be able to do so.
Friends, the Father, in His Sovereignty, sent the Holy Spirit, the same power that raised Christ from death, to empower them to do the impossible.
1. Do you sometimes doubt your own ability to do what God has called you to do?
2. Take Courage?
The same Spirit lives in you that lived in Jesus’ disciples. His Spirit enables you to do whatever God calls you to do. Therefore, it is our job, just as it was for the disciples to carry His message of the gospel throughout the world.
You shall receive power: This does not refer to personal power for godly living, as demonstrated in the lives of Old Testament saints (Abraham in Gen 22; Joseph in Gen 39; Moses in Exodus 14; Daniel in Daniel 6). This was power for a new task – namely, to take the gospel to the end of the earth.
Be witnesses: As Christ commanded the disciples, it is the same command for you and I to tell others about Him regardless of the consequences. Friends, church traditions tell us that all but one of the eleven apostles who heard this promise became martyrs (John died in exile). God empowered His disciples to be faithful witnesses even when they faced the most vehement opposition. The same power for witnessing is available to us today. Our task is not to convince people, but to testify of the truth of the gospel, and allow the power of the Holy Spirit to convict and convert the unbeliever.