Week of June 3 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Acts 1:3-5

He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Reflect: What value, if any, might there have been in having the disciples wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit? Why did God not immediately send the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ place?

Consider: The Lord’s post-resurrection appearances attested the reality of the Resurrection. Christ gave many convincing proofs of this. The word “proofs” (tekmēriois) occurs only here in the New Testament and looks at demonstrable evidence in contrast with evidence provided by witnesses. In other words, the Resurrection was proven by touch, sight, and feel.[1]

Respond: What was Jesus’ purpose during the forty days after His resurrection? What does that have to do with us 2000 years later? Do you think the disciples found it easy or difficult to trust Jesus regarding the Holy Spirit? Why?

 

[1] Stanley D. Toussaint, “Acts,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 353.