Christ and the Promise
Verse 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus didn’t stay as that babe in Bethlehem. He lived a perfect life. He taught people who God really was and how He desires His people live. But there were those who didn’t want to hear it. The religious leaders were looking for another kind of Messiah. They were looking for someone that fit their image of savior. They were hoping for someone that would take care of what they thought was their biggest problem, Rome.
Jesus had spent His years of ministry showing that the biggest problem of the Jewish people was not Rome but rather it was their relationship with the Law. They didn’t think they needed the kind of Savior that God knew they needed. As we said the other day, God had a long-term plan in the works instead of the short-term plan that they were wanting.
It was that hate of God’s Son and the need of a true Savior that sent Christ to the cross to die. The religious leaders thought they were quite safe in the sin department because of their love of the Law. Sadly they missed the point of the Messiah all together. It was because of this misunderstanding that they chose to hate Christ and did everything in their power to end His teaching, even to the point of having Him killed. Of course that just accomplished His purpose and set up the necessary avenue for Him to rise again, conquering death itself.
Now we near to the end of His stay in His risen body. For forty days Jesus has been popping in and out of the disciples lives. They enjoy having their friend and teacher back but they are still waiting to see what He is going to do. Jesus takes this opportunity to give them a promise they may not totally understand right away. But they don’t really need to understand yet. It will become clear soon enough.
They had likely heard about the Holy Spirit but had not understood what Jesus could mean by being baptized with Him. Another thing they didn’t understand is that He would have to leave them for the Spirit to come. They were about to experience some of their loneliest days since those between His death and resurrection.
Making It Personal
Do you feel a letdown of emotion after Christmas? How lonely do you suppose it was for the early Christians before the Holy Spirit came? What can you do today to choose the joy that comes with Christ’s presence in your life?
Making It Personal Kids
Have you ever had a friend that moved away or changed schools making it so you can’t see them anymore? Do you miss them? How does it make you feel to know that Jesus will never leave you?
Father, thank You for Your gift and relationship. Give us the joy of knowing You never leave us alone. We love You and praise You. In Jesus’ name, amen.