Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” 50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple blessing God.
Just before our Lords’ ascension back to glory – the glory He willingly abandoned in order to secure our salvation, He left us with a promise that would forever change the course of history. Personally speaking, that very promise completely altered my trajectory and has dramatically marked my life. That promise v49 references is the Holy Spirit and The Resurrected Life leans heavily upon Him. In fact, we would not be all we were destined to be without Him. The Holy Spirit is that ‘power’ source the New Testament church so desperately needed. It changed Peter from being a stumbling denier to a spiritual powerhouse and friends, that same power is still present for each of us to lean upon. So…lean my friends, lean.