until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
As we see here, Luke is still referring to the Gospel account that he had already written. We talked about being a "friend of God" and, in the first part of this verse, we see that Jesus was "taken up to heaven". Isn't it awesome to know that we have a friend in heaven? The last part of today's verse basically tells us why Jesus came back to earth after his death , burial, and resurrection. Keep in mind that Jesus had already taken care of our sins and made the way for us to have a right relationship with God. But, God knew that it was going to be tough to be different and to follow Jesus. God, in his infinite love and mercy, sent us the power to do what he knew we couldn't do alone. That power comes in the form of the Holy Spirit. We need to each and everyone stop and to ask ourselves the question "Do I have the Holy Spirit at work within and through me or am I trying to follow Jesus in my own strength?" God has given us this gift as a way of knowing that we are his, therefore, if we do not have that gift, we need to go back and look at the gospel accounts of Jesus and decide whether we accept him as our Lord and Savior or not. In the other Gospel accounts, these instructions are referred to as "the great commission". Luke reminds us that Jesus gave instructions to the apostles as to what he wanted them to do. If we go back to the Gospel According to Luke, we see that the instructions that Jesus gave were clear and to the point. First, Jesus told them to wait until they received the power to do the will of God. He told them that power would come through the gift of the Holy Spirit. The second part of his instructions were simple and basically he said to go and preach repentance and forgiveness of sins in Christ's name. This brings us to another question that we each have to ask ourselves. Are we preaching repentance and forgiveness? Most of us realize that we were given the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us personally to follow Jesus but we are reminded here that, once we have that power, we are to use it to reach a hurting world. When was the last time you used that power to do what Jesus instructed?