JESUS GAVE ASSIGNMENTS— AND then supplied His people with power to fulfill these assignments. In John 20, we see a perfect example of this.
The resurrected Christ is interacting with His disciples. We enter the conversation where “Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’ And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’” (John 20: 21-22 NASB).
The disciples are given a truly extraordinary assignment. When Jesus told them, “as the Father has sent Me, I also send you,” they were well aware of what that implied. The same works, the same power, the same authority, the same mandate, and the same mission of reconciliation that God sent Jesus on was now being passed on to the disciples. Surely they branded themselves as ineligible for such a task. They had seen what Jesus did. In fact, they enjoyed unique seasons where Jesus conferred a measure of authority and power upon them to accomplish supernatural exploits. It was temporary, though, not abiding. Now, everything was changing. Their assignment had been upgraded and the only One able to give them power for the mission was departing.
It almost seems like Jesus did not give their minds too much time to consider the options. When He gave the extraordinary commission, He imparted extraordinary power. Perhaps even as He was giving the disciples their mission, He breathed upon them and they received the Holy Spirit.
Remember, the breath of God’s Spirit is always sufficient for the assignment He has given you!
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
ACTS 1: 8
Holy Spirit, You have given me power to be Your witness.