But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
We have had a wonderful season of worship and celebration. Think through all the special focuses of devotion surrounding the Easter season. There is Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Good Friday, Easter, and there are even more that others observe during this busy season. But what now?
Often our worship focus after Easter seems to leave us on a bit of a cliffhanger. Many are glad to see the church event schedule calm down, but how do we move on from such excitement and celebratory worship? Surely, our services and our devotions will seem a bit dull or mundane after these days of power. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
We celebrate the Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There is no question that the resurrection is worthy of such worship and praise, but we should not forget that the empty tomb was the beginning of something instead of the end. It was the birth of the Church. The Body of Christ was created and formed with a new source of energy. It would not be built on the man-made traditions, legalistic rituals, and the old sacrificial system. The Church of Jesus Christ would be empowered by the very Spirit of God.
Holy Spirit coming and making a home in our hearts is the difference that Jesus made in his sacrifice for us. He not only made a way for our forgiveness, but He also made a way for us to truly be changed; to become holy and different. The resurrection was not the end of Jesus ministry, it was a transfer of that ministry to us, his followers. We fulfill this ministry in partnership with Jesus as His Holy Spirit guides us every day to accomplish the will of God. There is certainly nothing dull or mundane about the days to come as we walk in the power of Holy Spirit.
Join me in praying and searching the scriptures about the Holy Spirit and His work in our lives as we begin a new sermon series about Holy Spirit in the month of May!
I love you all,