Why Did Jesus Tell the Disciples to Wait on the Holy Spirit?

When Jesus was about to leave the world, He gave His disciples a commandment to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. This commandment may seem insignificant or even vague to some, but it was an essential part of the plan of God. In this article, we will explore why Jesus told His disciples to wait on the Holy Spirit and its significance for us today.

What is the Holy Spirit?

Before we can understand why Jesus told His disciples to wait on the Holy Spirit, we need to know who or what the Holy Spirit is. According to Christian doctrine, the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity – God Himself, who dwells in every believer. The Holy Spirit is not just a force or an influence; He is a person with a distinct personality and attributes.

Why did Jesus tell His disciples to wait?

After His resurrection, Jesus spent forty days with His disciples before ascending into heaven. During this time, He spoke to them about things pertaining to the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3). However, before leaving them, He gave them a specific instruction:

“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised.” (Acts 1:4)

Jesus told His disciples that they should not leave Jerusalem until they received power from on high. This power would come in the form of the Holy Spirit. But why did they have to wait?

To fulfill prophecy

One reason why Jesus commanded His disciples to wait was to fulfill prophecy. In Joel 2:28-29, it was prophesied that God would pour out His Spirit upon all flesh.

“And afterward,I will pour out my Spirit on all people.Your sons and daughters will prophesy,your old men will dream dreams,your young men will see visions.Even on my servants, both men and women,I will pour out my Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2:28-29)

This prophecy was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples, and they began to speak in tongues (Acts 2:1-4). This event marked the beginning of a new era in which God’s Spirit would be poured out on all people.

To empower them for ministry

Another reason why Jesus told His disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit was to empower them for ministry. Jesus had given them a great commission – to go into all the world and make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20).

However, they could not fulfill this commission in their own strength. They needed the power of the Holy Spirit.

“But 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.” (Acts 1:8)

The power that they received from the Holy Spirit enabled them to preach with boldness, perform miracles, and establish churches throughout the world.

Why is waiting on the Holy Spirit significant for us today?

The commandment that Jesus gave His disciples to wait on the Holy Spirit is still relevant for us today. Just as they needed the power of the Holy Spirit to fulfill their mission, we also need His power to accomplish what God has called us to do. We cannot serve God effectively without His empowerment.

To fulfill our calling

God has a unique plan and purpose for each one of us. We may have different talents, gifts, and abilities, but we all need the Holy Spirit’s empowerment to fulfill our calling.

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others,f aithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.

To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. “ (1 Peter 4:10-11)

To live a holy life

The Holy Spirit is not just a source of power; He is also a source of holiness. He helps us to live a life that is pleasing to God by convicting us of sin and empowering us to overcome it.

“But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11)

To bear fruit

Finally, waiting on the Holy Spirit is significant because it enables us to bear fruit for God’s kingdom. The Holy Spirit produces fruit in our lives – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). These are qualities that we cannot produce on our own but are produced in us by the Holy Spirit.

In conclusion, waiting on the Holy Spirit is not an optional experience for believers but an essential part of our relationship with God. We need His empowerment to fulfill our calling, live a holy life and bear fruit for His kingdom. Let us wait on Him with expectation and faithfulness.