In the text from John 16, the phrase “in a little while” appears seven times. That “little while” will be fulfilled prophecy on both Easter Sunday and on the Day of Pentecost.
First the risen Savior rises gloriously from the dead. Secondly, something indescribable takes place. Fifty days after Easter is the Day of Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit. Jesus did not withdraw his presence; he transformed it. That transformation is the power and love of the Holy Spirit living in and through us.
Were the apostles antsy as they waited for Jesus’ return after the Ascension? He didn’t tell them they only had to wait ten days. This is what he said: “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.” (Acts 1:8)
No time frame was given. Just his Word.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to trust your Word, your timing and your direction for my life. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell, Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.