4 On one occasion, while (Jesus) 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…”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.”
Acts 1:4-5, 8
The Greek word translated as ‘baptized’ is the word ‘baptizo’ and this word means to immerse. This is what Jesus said, he didn’t just say, you are going to be filled with the Holy Spirit; but no, “You are going to be baptizo.” You are going to be filled, overwhelm, and overcome. You are going to be immersed in this powerful Holy Spirit. THEN, what’s going to happen to you when this takes place? Verse 8, he says; “But you will receive power.” WHY? What will you be able to do? He said, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judea, and in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
When the Holy Spirit comes and baptizes you, you will receive ‘power’. This word, ‘power’ comes from the Greek word, ‘dunamis’. We get our word dynamite, from the word dunamis. It means a force, it means a miraculous power.
So Jesus was saying, when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; you will have dunamis, the explosive power of God. Then he says to his disciples, “You are going to be empowered by the Spirit to take my message into all the world.”
Max Lucado writes about a place called ‘Tuckered Town”, in his book Come Thirsty:
Shoulders pressing, feet digging, lungs puffing, they muscle automobiles up and down the street. Rather than sit behind the wheel, they lean into the trunk.
The sight puzzles you. The sound stuns you. Do you hear what you think you hear? Running engines. Citizens of Tuckered Town turn the key, start the car, slip it into neutral, and shove!
You have to ask someone why. A young mother rolls her mini-van into the grocery store parking lot. “Ever thought of pressing the gas?” you question.
“I do,” she replies, brushing sweat away. “I press the gas to start the car, then I take over.”
A bizarre answer. But no more bizarre than that of the out-of-breath fellow leaning against his eighteen-wheeler, wheezing like an overweight marathoner. “Did you push this truck?” you ask. “I did,” he gasps, covering his mouth with an oxygen mask.
“Why not use your accelerator?”
He cocks an eyebrow. “Because I’m a Tucker trucker, and we’re strong enough to do our own work.”
He doesn’t look strong to you. But you say nothing. Just walk away wondering, What kind of people are these? A pedal push away from power, yet they ignore it. Who would live in such a way? (chapter 4, pages 55-56.)
We need to stop trying to push with our own strength, stop doing the Christian life in our own limited strength and surrender to the unlimited power of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit in Acts came upon very ordinary people and gave them the power to take this message all over the world. That same powerful Spirit is available today to all who believe!
In the next few days we will be looking at some of the ways in which He empowers us.