Scripture –  

Acts 1:8 – “But you will receive the 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.”

Observation –  

Jesus answers the disciples question about restoring the kingdom to Israel by telling them only the Father knows times of events, then he starts verse 8 with But.  This is an important but, because when the Holy Spirit comes to the disciples they will receive power.  In the power of the Holy Spirit the disciples are to be Jesus’ witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea.  Samaria is significant because this shows the gospel is to go beyond the nation of Israel  and then extend to all nations.  The gospel goes beyond all geographic, cultural and ethnic barriers.

Application – 

As a baptized born again follower of Jesus, the Holy Spirit is alive in me and gives me power, strength, wisdom and discernment.  Acts 1:8 is Jesus last instructions to his disciples before His ascension into heaven with the Father.  It is not a question if we choose to be Jesus witnesses, Jesus says you will be my witnesses. Nor is it a question where I am to be a witness for Jesus.  I am called  to be a  witnesses and ambassador for Jesus everywhere!  The disciples started first in Jerusalem which is their city then to Judea which is their state and expanded into different regions of country and to all ends of the earth.  I must start in my home and my hometown to serve people and be a witness here in Bradenton.  God’s plan is for the gospel to be carried to all people groups and I have a contributing role to help extend His glory.   There are more people from different groups throughout our state  and country that I can be intentional about sharing the Love of Christ with.  Sometimes it can be a simple question of how are you doing and  how can I pray for you? We can all pray and there is power in prayer whether it is in front of a food stand, on  the sidewalk for a family seeking an abortion in Sarasota or the Katso people group in China. I also have the opportunity to partner with missionaries and  sending  organizations who are placing goers in an unreached people group where no one knows the name of Jesus.

Prayer – 


Thank you for the power of the Holy Spirit to give me strength when I can do  nothing on my own.  Let the Spirit guide me to be a witness for you to extend your glory here and amongst the nations.