The Lord has paid a great price, an infinite price, in order to set the stage for Pentecost. The coming of the Holy Spirit and the relationship that God can thereby have with us is beyond description. Jesus laid everything down through his incarnation, ministry, and crucifixion so that He could take up residence in our hearts. The love of God demonstrated at the cross is so profound that it can immediately overcome any amount of lies from the enemy. He has prepared it all for us. He has carried the burden. He has won the victory. He will give us the power to prevail. He will equip us for our callings. He will give us the grace to forgive. He will send us forth into this generation. He paid the ultimate price for the joy that was set before Him. You are that joy. Go forth and declare this incomparably wonderful news to those who are desperately adrift. Arise!
And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”