The importance of Jesus’ physical resurrection from the dead, in his eating with his friends, is never understated in the Bible:

As they met and ate meals together, he told them that they were on no account to leave Jerusalem but “must wait for what the Father promised: the promise you heard from me. John baptized in water; you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit. And soon.” Acts 1:4-5 (The Message)

The importance of the coming of the Holy Spirit is never understated too. In fact, the link between the physical resurrection of Jesus, his bodily ascension to heaven, and the coming of the Holy Spirit are indelibly joined. The miraculous, physical presence of Jesus, following his resurrection, heralded the miraculous, spiritual presence of Jesus, in the coming of the Holy Spirit. The discples were told to wait in Jerusalem. This is significant because, when the Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost, there was a fantastic response to him and many were converted.

I wonder, if today, we are as expectant of the Holy Spirit’s coming where we are? Are we waiting expectantly? Do we believe that, through his being in us, many more will come to know the risen Lord Jesus?

Help me to live expectantly today, Lord, let me be expecting a fresh encounter with your Holy Spirit. May their view of my life be the way many others experience an out pouring of power and love in you. Amen.