The Bible tells us that after Jesus’ resurrection he spent 40 days with his disciples—appearing in the upper room, on the road to Emmaus, and by the Sea of Galilee. He ate with his disciples, worked miracles, and continued to teach them. But eventually the time came for his return to heaven. As I mention in today’s children’s message, I wonder sometimes how the disciples felt about this. Were they confused, sad, scared? Before his death, Jesus had told his friends that God would send a “helper” and “comforter” to be with them (John 14). In today’s scripture text from Acts 1, he reminds them yet again of the “gift” God would send to empower them to be his witnesses. And then Jesus ascends and…. Nothing happens. At least not yet.
Instead, the disciples return, as Jesus had earlier instructed, to Jerusalem—to the upper room—to WAIT.
The ubiquitous “Waiting Place,” in the lore of Dr. Seuss, where “everyone is just WAITING.”
As we wait for things to return to normal, do you sometimes feel stuck there, too?
We know the rest of the story for the disciples. That even during such a time of uncertainty, while they were “just waiting,” the Spirit of God shows up. But do we believe this is true for ourselves?
As I remind the children, God’s gift of the Holy Spirit was “not only to those first disciples, but to every follower of Jesus—then and now. And that’s Good News. Because it means that when we choose to believe in and follow Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes to be with us and help us too—guiding us when we’re confused, comforting us when we’re sad or scared, helping us to know and trust in God’s love” and, I would add, in God’s timing.
God knows your needs—especially in this place of waiting—and God’s promise holds true: The Spirit of God is with you. You are never alone.
Here are some resources to help your child in worshipping today:
The Children’s Message for May 16th, 2021 will be livestreamed as part of Hope Valley Baptist’s Worship Service for May 9, 2021 on the HVBC YouTube Channel and the HVBC website. The livestream will begin at 10:50am. You will also be able to view a recording of the livestream after the conclusion of the service on the church’s YouTube Channel or website.
Printable Color and Pray World Map
A picture of today’s Bible story (Jesus Ascends)