"You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24:48-49).
"…but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth" (Acts 1:8).
"Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures" (Luke 27:27).But did they expect the Spirit – the Promise – the Power on Pentecost? After all this was a time when all of the men of Israel were to gather in Jerusalem (just like at Passover) to remember the power and promises made at Mt. Sinai. If so, there was just one more day of waiting. If not, they were to continue to wait. Either way, they were not to proceed until they were empowered from on high. That is our word for today. Tomorrow is Pentecost, but today we wait, for we do not proceed until we have been empowered from on high.
BUT WAIT! PENTECOST HAPPENED! You are empowered!