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A Kingdom Proclaimed | DAY TWENTY


“So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, are you restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” After he had said this, he was taken up as they were watching, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going, they were gazing into heaven, and suddenly two men in white clothes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you have seen him going into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem — a Sabbath day’s journey away. When they arrived, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. They all were continually united in prayer, along with the women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.”

Acts 1:6-14 CSB


Have you ever wondered why Jesus didn’t just setup his final Kingdom immediately? Why wait? Why choose us, his church, to slowly and systematically proclaim his gospel message to the ends of the earth? God is the mastermind of the most methodical, thorough, and amazing capers of all time! Who would have planned to have God come down to Earth…born of a virgin, live fully as a man, be crucified, buried and then raise from the dead? Only God! He uses weak and ordinary people like you and I to accomplish his mission. The best part, however, is that we are not doing this on our own power. It is the awesome power of the Holy Spirit that drives and equips us for every situation and every step closer to the consummation of his Kingdom.

Let us be continually united in prayer, like the disciples, that the Holy Spirit would give us boldness to engage with lost people, identify as Christians, and share the gospel with them. Pray as we prepare to proclaim this resurrected Jesus in our town center, the Civic Center on Easter morning.