They laughed with Jesus. They talked and prayed with Jesus. They walked with Jesus, had lunch and fished with Jesus. Jesus slept among them, and he was the physical shoulder they could lean on.
Ah, what great honor.
So imagine the sadness as they watched him endure the cross, and give his last breath. Imagine the emptiness when their master and friend was laid in a borrowed tomb. Imagine the emotional high and then the quickly following low, as their newly revealed and ressurected Lord was taken up in a cloud as they watched him til they could see him no more.
But before he left them gazing up toward the sky, he reminded them that the comforter he told them about, the promise from the Father, the Holy Ghost, would come to them in a few days from now.
The anticipation of the promise, and the command to go and wait for it, found 120 disciples, the apostles among them, in a room in the upper floor of a house where they were meeting.
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Enter the comforter.
With a great sound, they are overtaken by the Spirit of our Holy God. The holy Spirit makes evident the possession of their body, by taking control of the one thing James 3:5-8 says can be controlled by no man- the tongue.
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Miraculously and divineley, a language is expressed from them, unlearned and unknown to themselves. Imagine their minds swelling with excitement as they recognize what is going on. This is it! This is the promise of the holy Spirit. The comforter has come! And oh!- wait!- I recognize this Spirit. I- I know this Spirit. This is the Spirit of my master, my friend, my Lord. I don't see him, but , Oh! I can feel Him. It's, It's really HIm! I recognize his voice. I recognize his countenance.
Can you imagine? recognizing God in you? Oh yes, how comforted they must have been to feel the Spirit of the same Jesus whom they saw just days ago, dwelling in them. He was there with them.
Jesus is here!- in me! I have peace, I have joy, I have power to witness, for I can walk like Him. He possesses me, and I am excited and emboldened by this wonderful reality.
The comforter, The holy Ghost, has come.
And the experience is just as real today as it was the day it first fell.
Malachi 3:10bWarmest thoughts and Prayers,
...prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.