Monday, April 21, 2014

The Power of the Holy Spirit by a Christian Pilgrim

A BOOK ABOUT THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT [ACTS 2:14,22-32]

21APR
A BOOK ABOUT THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT [ACTS 2:14,22-33]
PETRUS BERKHOTBAH - 100THE Book of Acts – which we will be reading throughout this Easter season – is so much more than a history of the early Church. It’s a book about the power of the Holy Spirit! Throughout its pages, we read how the Holy Spirit worked through regular people to make them into bold apostles and witnesses to Christ. Because it speaks about so many lives being powerfully transformed, Acts also gives us hope and encouragement for our lives. What happened in the apostles can happen in us as well!
Today’s reading describes the first of many scenes in Acts in which the Holy Spirit empowered the apostles to build the Church on earth. This passage also describes the first fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy before He ascended into heaven: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Here, in Jerusalem, Peter preached, and thousands came to believe.
As Acts progresses, we will read how Peter and other disciples, like Stephen, preached the Gospel in Jerusalem and the surrounding area of Judea. Then, the focus will shift to Philip, who spread the Gospel even farther when he proclaimed Christ in Samaria. Finally, we will witness Paul bringing the message and the power of salvation throughout Asia Minor, then into Greece, and lastly to Rome and “the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). And in every scene, we can see the Holy Spirit working powerfully through these anointed messengers of God.
Stories like the ones recorded in Acts continue to happen today through the Spirit-anointed preaching and witness of Jesus’ disciples. Each of us has received the Holy Sprit to witness to Jesus and to help spread the Gospel. So as the Easter season unfolds, let us (you and I) to fill each of us with His Spirit and to make us into His witnesses. He desires it and will surely help us to fulfill our calling.
Jakarta, 21 April 2014
A Christian Pilgrim

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