Ancient Wisdom: June 1, 2014 (Year A)

Read:  Acts 1:6-14

Meditation:  “Ready for Whatever”

The question of the disciples was exactly what we’d expect them to ask.  Their Jewish understanding of the Messiah as one who would restore the Davidic Kingdom had revived in them following Jesus’ resurrection.  I think that’s one reason Jesus did not chide them for asking what they did.  He never rejects a good question–or even bad ones, for that matter. 🙂

But watch what he did next.  He gave them an answer larger than the question.  He offered them a power that would be necessary and available no matter when the Kingdom comes–the power of the Holy Spirit.  In essence, he gave them the thing they needed regardless of what came next.

And with partial understanding of what he meant, they accepted it, and went back to Jerusalem to watch, pray, and live until it came to pass.  “Constantly devoting themselves to prayer,” and doing it in community, they were positioned to receive the Person.

Jesus still takes our questions and gives us answers that are larger than our askings.  He wants his gift to be applicable to life, not just one part of it.  And that’s where our vigilance in prayer becomes the means of receiving his gift, so we can be ready for whatever.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 45 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to Ancient Wisdom: June 1, 2014 (Year A)

  1. Jim Bradshaw says:

    On the Day of Pentecost, after the coming of the Holy Spirit, Peter NOW understood that David’s throne had been ascended with Jesus from which this Son of David reigns and rules as King over the earth (Acts 2:29-36).

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