So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, "Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?"
Insights: Think about the scene that has just transpired between Jesus and the disciples. Jesus has spent forty days with them after His resurrection and taught them many things. Now comes His day of departure and He takes them to a mountain side. While there He tells them to go back to Jerusalem and wait for the promised baptism of the Holy Spirit, because when He comes upon them they will have power. Right after those words, verse six comes on the scene and the disciples are distracted with the conversation of Jesus’ restoration of the kingdom. Now is there anything inherently wrong with asking about the second coming of the Lord Jesus? No. Should we study end time prophecy? Yes. Here is the point, however, which I want you to understand. We in the body of Christ often times get ourselves distracted from what is truly important. I have observed church members who get themselves all wrapped up in their own little desires, opinions and thoughts that they fail to really engage Jesus with a relationship. Church, for these individuals, just becomes an extension of their own will and wants. Yesterday’s promise of the Holy Spirit is all about a relationship with the Lord. It is about receiving power to proclaim the gospel to a lost and dying world. Instead of recognizing what was truly important in Jesus’ promised words about the Spirit, they are consumed with the end time stuff. This question is not the first time Jesus has been asked about His restored kingdom by the disciples. We all know people whose tractors are cranked by end time prophecy. It reminds me of the joke about God sitting in his living room in heaven with all of the end time charts scattered all over the floor. Jesus walks into the room and God says to Him, “Son, as soon as I figure this out I will send you back.” The reason this is funny is because there are literally hundreds of different opinions and thoughts regarding the second coming of the Lord and people get so wrapped up in the pursuit of knowledge regarding this subject that they miss the most important thing. The import thing is a relationship with God through the Holy Spirit who comes to dwell within us. The second important thing is the proclamation of the gospel. Beloved, let’s keep our focus where it needs to be.
- What is distracting you from the relationship with the Lord?
- What is distracting you from sharing the love of Jesus with other people?
Prayer: Father, I am so easily distracted. Forgive me for my waywardness. Turn my heart to You and let me see the world as You do. Give me a burdened heart for the lost and grow me in Your grace. Amen.