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Apr9TueApril 9, 2013
At the Rock we are on another journey. During Lent we spent time travelling towards the cross. As we focused on the empty cross and empty tomb we asked ourselves how radical are we for Jesus Christ. What is our level of belief in the word of God? The higher the belief, the more radical we are but there is a catch to this radical Christianity. You cannot do what the disciples did without the power of the Holy Spirit. Peter did not change and become an apostle on his own. The disciples were told by Jesus to wait. Acts 1:4 “On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The one occasion was in Luke 24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Our journey is one of waiting for this clothing. We cannot minister without this power. Unfortunately we have too many people running around trying to preach the gospel naked. Anyone else have that dream? Revelations 3:17 “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with them”. We need some new clothes. There is a fable called the "The Emperor's New Clothes" This is a short tale by Hans Christian Andersen about two weavers who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, a child cries out, "But he isn't wearing anything at all!" In this tale, the king is hoodwinked by weavers. Today we have been hoodwinked into believing that Pentecost was a one-time event. We are walking around in our pride, we cannot see our nakedness. As the church of Jesus Christ we must repent and answer the door so we can receive new clothes . We still need the power of the Holy Spirit. We still need to wait for it. Why is it we think we can go into all the world and preach the gospel without it. Pentecost is part of the gospel message. Without our own Pentecost, we cannot preach the gospel to the ens of the earth.