Daily Devotion - December 11, 2020 - The Holy Spirit Comes

Daily Devotion – December 11, 2020
Reading:
Acts 1:1-11
Weekly Theme: The Lord Is Coming
Today: The Holy Spirit Comes

Christians around the world, for the most part, embrace the doctrine of the Trinity which is best explained for me in the United Methodist Church Book of Discipline (2016): “Of Faith in the Holy Trinity There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body or parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the maker and preserver of all things, both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there are three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.” Jesus is then described, with detail, as the Word, the Son of God, Who was made “Very” Man, and who died for our sins and was raised from the dead. The Holy Ghost (or Spirit) is described as “, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty, and glory with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God”. This is a great summary of what the entire Bible tells us about God, but we definitely need to read the Word to ensure we understand the relationship of each of the three persons comprise the substance that is God whom we worship. Today’s reading gives us a view of the roles of the Holy Spirit. Many Christians refer to the Holy Spirit as “it” but the Holy Spirit is as much a being as God, the Father, and Jesus, the Son of God.

In this passage, we are told that the Holy Spirit instructs and empowers us. In other words, the Holy Spirit communicates to us the majesty and glory of God and enables us to experience the splendor and magnificence of God. We are reminded of the power we receive from God through the Holy Spirit to be witnesses to the ends of the earth. We also are reminded from John 14:16-18 that Jesus will leave us with the Holy Spirit of truth who will dwell with us, who will be in us and reveal truth to us, just as God’s Spirit led God’s people in the Old Testament.

In today’s passage, verses 10-11, we are told that Immediately after Jesus was taken up into the sky, two men dressed in white (perhaps angels) stood beside the disciples and said to them “why do you stand here looking up into the sky?” This same Jesus who was taken to heaven is going to come back in the same sky through which he left but, in the meantime, we have work to do and preparations to make, and God’s kingdom to build on earth as it is in heaven, all to be accomplished with the guidance, instruction and empowerment of the Holy Spirit. So, this Advent and Christmas, and in the year ahead, and always, let us not just stand around looking at the sky waiting for Jesus to come back, but let us engage in the work of building God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, knowing God Spirit continuously comes to us to help us, and thus, empowers us to light up the world. Amen. So be it!

Dear God, thank you for your Son Jesus and the gift of the Holy Spirit he left with us to expose to us your splendor and magnificence and to instruct, empower and nudge us forward to not just stand around but to actively engage in the ministry of your Church, today and always. Amen.

 
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