“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit come upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about Me everywhere in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Jesus’ last words before He was taken up to Heaven, still stand as the most world changing words in the Bible. Of course John 3:16 is probably the most famous of Jesus’ words, and what wonderful words they are. Yet Jesus’ last words in Acts 1:8, are a constant reminder that it is not by our own might, strength or power that we can share Jesus with others, it is by the power of the Holy Spirit in us.
The Holy Spirit’s work in sharing the Good News to others, first starts in our hearts. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 2:10 that it is the Holy Spirit who reveals and “shows us God’s deep secrets”. God’s secrets are not hidden or unattainable things, but truth that God reveals through the Holy Spirit to those searching and seeking after Him. Jesus says of the Holy Spirit, in John 16:8 that “..when He comes, He will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgement.” The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, almost like a holy alarm bell in our hearts, and then shows us Jesus, the One who can heal and forgive our sins because of what He did on the cross. Jesus adds in verse 13 that, “when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you (us) into all truth..” The truth is that we need to be saved by a Saviour, and that Saviour is Jesus Christ.
It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we can know fully what Jesus did on the cross and by His power we can share that truth with others. Praise the Lord.