5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” Acts 1:5-6
When you look at these two verses together, they seem disjointed. Jesus told them one thing, and the Disciples were asking about something totally different. They seemed to be desiring political power when Jesus was giving them spiritual power. Were they missing the point or just so focused on their own agenda, or a bit of both?
Fortunately we have the full context of the entire Scriptures to read these verses. In other words, we know what came later and how it ended. The Disciples didn’t have that luxury. But as we’ll see in the next few verses, Jesus didn’t miss a beat and stayed on track, teaching them about the Holy Spirit being poured into their lives. It was a concept they would soon be very familiar with, and a topic I will be addressing throughout this wonderful book.
Having said that, the Disciples were very comfortable asking Jesus some very tough questions. We may think they were ridiculous questions, but the Disciples didn’t. It was where they were in their lives. A dear friend had been crucified and was buried. He was now standing before them. They could afford to be bold. They had no idea how long He would remain with them.
A minor takeaway I get from these verses is the ability for you and me to approach Jesus with our questions and concerns. Like teachers always tell us, “there’s no such thing as a stupid question.” Bring those questions to Him in prayer. Wait patiently for His answers.