A WORD IN PASSING May 2018
Just before Jesus ascended into heaven He gave His followers three commands. They were to STOP in
Jerusalem, there they wereto WAIT for the gift God the Father had promised to send. Then they were to GO
as Jesus' witnesses, "to the ends of the earth" Acts 1:8.
Obediently they went. Faithfully they waited, and when the days of waiting were over God's Holy Spirit
came upon the assembled group of disciples in a new and wonderful way. They were filled with His
presence: causing them to burst forth in praise to God in languages other than their own "declaring the
wonders of God" Acts 2:11. The gift of the Holy Spirit marked the birth of the Church; the Day of Pentecost
the 'launching pad' for the Church's mission to the world.
Today there are more people then ever in the world, in our nations and local communities who need to
hear the Church, 'declaring the wonders of God'. Vast numbers have not heard, or misheard - the good
news of God's love and the saving, reconciling relationship He offers to all in Jesus Christ. God has sent His
Holy Spirit into the heart of all followers of Jesus that they too - like those first disciples - may be
purveyors of that same wonderful declaration, that our God reigns, that Jesus is King, that, "everyone
who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved" Romans 10:13.
As the Church celebrates it's birthday it's time to remind ourselves again of God's commission; His
commission to each and every Christian to proclaim in word and deed the wonder, the truth, the great
salvation our God has wrought. Through His indwelling Spirit we are enabled and empowered to do that
which He calls us to do, for God never calls us to serve devoid of His enabling power. He calls us to do no
more then He Himself will enable us to do; to take again our place in the public square - now so dominated
by secular humanism - and 'declare the wonders of God', to declare the saving work of Jesus Christ; He
who is the One sure hope, the One true hope for us all. God's own word teaches us that,
"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given
to men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12
One hope. One way. One truth to declare. There can be no question of God's willingness to seek and to
save. What about you?