After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. – Acts 1:9 NIV
As they followed Jesus, the disciples always could turn to Him. Wherever they went, He was there. When they didn’t know what to do, they called on Him. When they failed, He rescued them.
Then He was crucified. Facing life without Him, they gathered together with doors locked. But when He appeared to them, His post-resurrection presence gave them peace (John 20:19-21).
After He spent 40 days with them, the time came for Jesus to ascend into heaven. As He was taken up before them, they realized He really was departing. They had many questions and uncertainties. What did this mean? What were they to do?
When they returned to Jerusalem, they began praying in earnest. As they sought God, the Holy Spirit fell on them. His presence changed everything. He gave them the power they needed. Confidence replaced fear. They no longer were timid but acted with supernatural boldness.
Before His crucifixion, Jesus told them that it would be “for [their] good that I am going away.” He meant that “the Advocate” would come to them after He left (John 16:7). The Day of Pentecost proved that this was true (Acts 2).
In similar ways, we can find ourselves with secondhand faith. But it is important for us to grow in our personal relationship with Him. We must seek Him in more intense ways, listen for His voice, experience His Spirit, and grow in confidence.
PrayerFather, deepen my relationship with You. Speak to me. Empower me. Use me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingActs 1