Jesus said He would not leave us orphans, He would come to us.
To those Jesus said this to – and to us – Acts 1 is the proof of the faith we are to have in the message of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
To be left alone in this world would have been a hopeless condition given the state of the world we would be left alone in. Unfortunately, many if not most professing Christians find themselves in exactly this condition. They have been told what to do, but they have not been told how to do what they have been told to do, and this leads to great frustration.
Paul expressed it perfectly in Romans 7: “For what I will to do, that I do not practice, but what I hate, that I do…For the good I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.” And then he concludes the chapter by crying out, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”
And therein lies the question Jesus answered before He left. “I am not going to leave you as orphans – I will come to you.” We cannot hope to fend off spiritual attack, let alone defeat our own flesh without power that is from above.
Why would anyone deny the source of power Jesus desires us to have – and is so freely available for the asking? Why would anyone knowingly continue in a ‘Romans 7’ existence in this world of peer pressure and temptation and depravity?
Why would anyone deny the power God plainly desires us to have?
To His born-again apostles and disciples, Jesus commanded a waiting period. Luke informs us Jesus commanded them to wait in Jerusalem for the Promise of the Father, and not to even think of striking out on their own. If this was imperative for the apostles, why should we consider ourselves any different?
Jesus tells them to hold their horses until they are, “baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Once that has been accomplished – and only when that has been accomplished – are they free to head on out into Christian living, which means accomplished martyrdom. (Witnessing for Christ.) The fact few professing Christians believe this or receive it only makes it that much more important for those who do.