As we concluded our Road to Jerusalem series in Luke last week, we are now in Jerusalem where the disciples are waiting for the “promise of the Father” (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4), the coming of the promised Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:1-2). During these times of tremendous uncertainty, we too await for the Comforter to comfort us! (John 14:26).
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit comes as a fulfillment to what the prophets themselves hoped and waited for: the age of the Spirit would transform hearts of stones into hearts of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). The promise of the Father (Joel 2:28) is ongoing in our own lives as we believe in Jesus. Paul says, keeping being filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18 is an ongoing action). So, just as the apostles were told to wait, we too wait for the outpouring of His presence and comfort upon a sick and dying world.
The biblical definition of waiting of course is never static! In waiting, we trust in Him and by trusting in Him we continue to bear fruit, whether in abundance or famine (Jeremiah 17:7-8). As the Spirit has filled our heart, we too will continue to thrive (our ministry theme for this year) and bear the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).