6 So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" 7 He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."
What now? That is exactly what the disciples were asking Christ. He had ministered for three years, teaching them the Word, He was crucified and buried, and now He was resurrection.
"Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"
After all, that is what the Jewish nation was waiting for; finally, it was time for them to be their own nation again with no Roman rule over them. Yet, Jesus answered rather strangely.
"It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
Instead of restoring the kingdom as they had hoped, Christ gave them a Resurrection Commission--a new plan of action. Christ would send the Holy Spirit to them, and they would continue to spread the Gospel in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Were they successful? We live in a time when the Gospel has spread to the ends of the earth. Does that mean that their job (and ours) is finished? Not at all! Our "job" will not be finished until the time that God proclaims that time shall be no more.
We Christians are under this same Resurrection Commission. So as you go through the activities that this day brings upon you, do not just stand, looking up to your resurrected Christ, but rather, ask the Lord to use you to spread His Gospel this day.
Brighten the Corner where you are!
God Bless You,