Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven
1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
40 days again. The spiritually and psychologically crucial period often mentioned in Scripture.
They are not yet ready for the Great Commission. But very soon, they will be.
What will make them ready will be a total and seismic change in the inner structure of their personalities, which will happen when the Holy Spirit comes.
How does Jesus refer to the Holy Spirit?
As a gift.
It is a gift I too need to fulfill the inner commissions I have heard.
One of the most comforting promises about the Holy Spirit which I know is the one from Luke, “If you who are evil give good gifts to your children, how much more will my Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”
As I do now.