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.”
6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 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.”
· Luke starts this travelogue by informing his audience that this is a continuation of his biography of Jesus—the book of Luke.
· He emphasizes Christ’s command to wait in verse 4.
· The disciples get fired up. They ask if this is when the Jews recapture their nationalistic glory.
· Verse 7 reiterates the wait instruction. This time the command is both subtle and chastising.
· The disciples had to be embarrassed by the question.
· As is common with things of God, the rationale for a command is a promise. This time, the promise is the coming of the Holy Spirit.
· There is no way the disciples could have imagined the significance of verse 8. The Pentecost described here is one of the three most significant events in the history of Christianity.
· Are you chafing because God’s got you waiting?
Do what you know to do.
· God’s got something in store for you . . .