During the Thursday night pre-season game in August when Cliff Avril, the Sea Hawk’s defensive end, compressed Tony Romo’s lower back, it looked like a routine hit. Then the news came down. Romo had a fractured back and would be out for at least six to eight weeks.
The 2016 season had barely started and already the Cowboy momentum was deflated. Fans faced the horror of another 2015 season-the worst season since 1989 with a 4-12 record. Then a rookie from Mississippi State took the position behind the center. No one expected much, but the Cowboys with Dak Prescott? The spirit is definitely back at AT&T Stadium.
As Luke closes his first volume presenting Jesus’ earthly life, he leads us into his second volume by leaving us in suspense. How will the Jesus movement maintain momentum? When will the gift the Father promised arrive? Where is the power going to come from to take the Good News to every ethnic group on the planet?
“Repentance that brings forgiveness for sins will be proclaimed to all ethnic groups beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending the Father’s promise upon you. Remain here in the city until you are clothed with power from on High.” Luke 24:47-49
The disciples, who heard Jesus that Sunday night after He rose from the dead early that morning, were the eye witnesses Luke relied upon to give us the information he recorded in this book (Lk 1:1-4). Now Jesus promises these same witnesses that He will give them the Spirit John the Baptist said the Messiah could deliver (Lk. 3:15).
We are not depending on the strong right arm of a gifted young man, instead, we have an omnipotent source of momentum and strength. God’s Spirit has taken up residence in our lives (Gal. 3:14, Eph. 13) and the Book of Acts will begin with the story of how and when He came.
LORD, thanks that the power that I need today is not based on my own strength but in Your Spirit. Thanks that I can admit when my human spirit deflates and rest in the fact that your Holy Spirit is still fully fueled.
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