WEDNESDAY, January 12

Acts 1.6-7

“Then they gathered around him and asked him, ‘Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.”

It’s amazing how even in the most beautiful times we can turn things upside down. The disciples, gathered in the very presence of the living Jesus, are distracted from the world-shaking truth of His resurrection and glory to ask a very narrow, nationalistic question: “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom of Israel?” So consumed by the smallness of their world they miss the grandeur of God’s plan to restore all peoples!

Jesus’ resurrection is not about the statehood of a single nation or the restoration of self-governance of an oppressed people. His resurrection is about the redemption and restoration of all people, nations and tribes (Revelation 7.9), and together we will sing the glory of God’s greatness and the wonder of His Word.

Way to Worship

Worship with new words: Jesus, “Full of light and beautiful… God of grace and truth revealed in Jesus…Majestic God, Mighty King, Eternal in splendor!”

Suggested Song:

Vemos tu gloria by En Espíritu y Verdad


Way to Wait

Invite the Holy Spirit to re-orient your life and concerns, even those that you hold most dearly like king and country. Seek to be still and see the glory of Jesus as greater than a political persuasion or a personal ambition. Be willing for the Spirit to move and re-arrange your understanding of what He holds as most important. Write down what you hear Him saying to you.