“Spiritual Power to Witness” [Audio]
Doug Hayes, May 12, 2013
Let’s take a moment to the think a little bit about the disciples of Jesus. They were just plain folk, like you and I. Nothing special about them really. Men from various backgrounds and abilities. For reasons known only to God, Jesus called them to follow Him (just like He’s called each of us by His grace). They receive the privilege of hearing Him announce that the kingdom of heaven was at hand, and seeing Him do great miraculous works as He began to plunder Satan’s kingdom. In fact, in Luke 10 we learn that Jesus sent out the disciples and seventy others also to go as an advance team to the various places he would be going because it was time to send out laborers into the great harvest. Even though they would be like lambs among wolves, Jesus told them to heal the sick and proclaim that ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ When these ambassadors of Christ returned they were total overjoyed, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name.” And Jesus, rejoicing with them, said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” These guys not only saw great things, but they got to do really cool things as well. They were given power, in Jesus’ name, to do mighty works.
But that wasn’t enough. Over time, they would get push back and experience opposition. This they were less prepared for, and less able to deal with. In Jesus’ last hours – every one of them fled and betrayed him in some way. And Jesus knew this would be their experience. So He prepared them in advance so that they would know what they needed to when the time came. John 16: 5-15:
5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
What the disciples needed from Jesus was not the power to do great things – but to know and then be used of God to communicate great things! The Helper – The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth would be sent to them to not only teach them and guide them – but to convict the world through them. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: Acts, evangelism, Holy Spirit, Pentecost