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.”
The disciples’ narrow question in yesterday’s text is answered with an eternity-wide response from Jesus in today’s text. “It is not for you to know,” is humbling to read, isn’t it? The disciples asked about the immediate political needs of Israel, but Jesus’ response lifted their chins to the eternal horizon of his second coming. That second coming’s timing is deliberately made mysterious. In a fascinatingly rare teaching on the trinity, Jesus shows us in Matthew 24:36-44 that not even He knows the timing; only the Father knows. Because we do not know when Jesus will come back (v.7, Matt.24), we must live in a state of his constantly imminent return.
As you read Acts, you perpetuate it. In Acts 16, Paul and company were heading around the northern coast of the Mediterranean Sea and were stopped twice from heading northward, once by the Spirit of Jesus (possibly the same manifestation Paul encountered upon his conversion in Acts 9) and again by the Holy Spirit. As a result, they continued farther west until God gave them the vision of the man in Macedonia (named for Alexander the Great’s father) which would become part of the cradle of Europe. From Europe came the Puritans who migrated to the new world. As the new world colonies became a nation that expanded westward, the state of Washington (obviously the most beautiful of all the United States) was established in 1889. In 1946, Highlands Community Church was established and in 2020, the lead pastor of Highlands wrote the devotional you’re reading. Today, you as a member of that church whose roots are in the very power prophesied by Jesus in Acts 1:8, will take this mantle forward.
Because Jesus’ prophecy spans from Jerusalem where they stood in verse 8 to the whole earth, is racial reconciliation God’s will? What verses in Revelation support your answer?
Pray: Boldly ask God to show you that power firsthand. Commit to go to whatever nation He calls you, then reach out to our International Missions team to see how you are called to carry the light forward.