As we wait for Ascension (May 21) and Pentecost (May 31), the expectancy this year seems to take on special significance. Waiting for the promise of the Father (Acts 1:4), the apostles were in confinement in Jerusalem for 10 days (Acts 1:14).
The Promise of the Father is one of great comfort, because it announces the coming of the Comforter (John 14:26). When Jesus Himself was baptized with water by John, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form, like a dove (Luke 3:22), the “heavens were opened” and “a voice came from Heaven”
“you are my beloved son”
“with you I am well-pleased”
Luke 24:49 and Acts 1:4-5 makes it very clear that our Heavenly Father’s declaration of His love toward to us rings through the ages and into our hearts by our faith in the Lord Jesus. The Comforter has come to us and dwells within us!
Take time to reflect on the love of the Father in your life. In what ways do I know I am His beloved daughter, His beloved Son? Do we sense that He is well-pleased with us? Allow the Lord to show you also in what ways the image of a loving Heavenly Father has been distorted by your own experiences (abandonment, judgment, threat, shame and guilt). Maybe you have never actually experienced the love of the Father for you. Take time to ask Jesus to come into your heart and to be filled with His Spirit. Let Him be your comfort in your time of great need.