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One Day Can Make A Difference In You! (3 of 4)
Series: Under the Influence
In the 14th through the 16th chapter of John’s Gospel, in one of the last few conversations with his disciples, he said that he was going away. But he said that it was better for him not to be here in the flesh because he was sending another one just like him. He said that the Holy Spirit of God, who was in fact God, would come to not just be WITH them, but he would be IN them.
John 14:19-20 - "Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. ON THAT DAY you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me, AND I AM IN YOU."
Jesus had a specific DAY in mind when he made that statement. We know now, that he was referring to the Day of Pentecost.
Then, in Luke 24: 46-49, Jesus gave his disciples a specific and pointed assignment with a promise:
"…This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; BUT STAY IN THE CITY UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN CLOTHED WITH POWER FROM ON HIGH."
What an awesome but totally overwhelming job he gave them. Think about this: God was entrusting the redemption of all mankind to a group of mostly, unlearned, uneducated, fallible, imperfect human beings. Not only that, but consider the fact that in the face of a world-wide mission, they had no money - no mass media - no sophisticated system of transportation - and at this point, the whole world had not even been discovered yet. I mean, it was a totally impossible assignment! And Jesus, knowing that they were completely inadequate, told them that they needed a specific experience that would equip them for what they needed to do. This experience that Jesus told them they needed had been predicted ...
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