“And while staying with them He ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, He said, ‘you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’ So when they had come together, they asked Him, ‘Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’” Acts 1:4-6
If you could thoroughly mix in mind-blowing profoundness and face-palming stupidity, you would probably end up with one of Jesus’ disciples. Sometimes they hit the nail right on the head, and other times, your eyes hurt with the amount of rolling they do.
This was an eye rolling time.
The disciples had just seen everything! And missed everything. They had walked with Jesus for 3 ½ years, seen the love, heard the teaching, and smelled the air freshen as the sores of the lepers vanished. What’s more, they had seen Him be crucified and die…and then raised on the third day! If anyone had physical reason to believe in God and His teachings, it was these guys.
But what was that last line in verse 6? “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
The Disciples still didn’t get Jesus’ message. They still believed that Jesus had come to set up an earthly kingdom. ‘Surely now, after He is raised from the dead, He’ll begin His bloodthirsty campaign against the Romans and make the Jewish Nation the world empire!’ They had thought this many a time. But at this crucial time, His departing, they had still missed the point.
They were millionaires shopping at the dollar store.
Jesus had given them every promise, every proof to reveal to them His mission. He’d even proposed! (John 14:1-3). And they still missed it. Jesus’ mission wasn’t about setting up a temporal kingdom. It was about revealing love to His people. It was about giving us the opportunity of eternity, and about experiencing restoration, uncovering who we were actually made to be.
Reader, are you still looking for temporal gain? Or finite happiness? A grade? A job? A girl? A boy? A car? A position of authority? We have something founded on better promises. Jesus is exceedingly above all that we could ask or hope. Stop shopping at the dollar store. You have eternity in the bank.
Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.