After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive.
He appeared to them over a period of forty days and
spoke about the
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not
about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy
Spirit." Therefore, when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, are you now
restoring the kingdom to
times or seasons, which the Father hath set within His own authority. But you shall receive
power at the coming of the Holy Spirit upon you, and you shall be witnesses to me both in
Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.'
The events that kings and prophets had longed to see, indeed, the things even angels wanted to look into were about to happen. The kingdom, spoken of by both Jesus and John the Baptist that was just around the corner, was now about to finally come.
Then he said to them, "These are my words which I
spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in
the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must
be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds, that they might understand the
Scriptures. He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was
necessary for the Messiah to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,
and that repentance and forgiveness of sins
should be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning at
Jesus was telling the Twelve
that in a few days they would receive the promised gift when in
John the Baptist also spoke of this (in all four Gospels):
“I indeed baptize you in water into repentance: but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire”
So, putting these together we find: something very big is about to happen:
n In a few days
n Repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached
n In Jesus’ name
n Starting in
n To all the nations
n Apostles will be there
n Clothed with power from on high
n Holy Spirit and fire
n And it will be JESUS who does it
n Jesus will send the promise of the Father
We also know from Matthew 16:19 that Christ gave Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven…so the points listed above will involve Peter as well.
The stage was now set.
And it all came together at Pentecost…
John the Baptist and Christ's foretelling of the coming 'baptism of the Holy Spirit' was a prophecy of the start
of the New Testament church that was fulfilled 2000 years ago by the events in Acts chapter 2.