Why Did Jesus Tell the Disciples to Wait in Jerusalem? (2022)

Tom: This is our Understanding the Scriptures segment, and we are currently in the Book of Acts. We just began last week. We’re in Acts:1:4And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
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: “And being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father which, sayeth he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”

Dave: Tom, this is a terrific part of the Book of Acts. I mean, it reconfirms what Christ already said. And we mentioned it last week, He didn’t say, “The heart of the gospel that you will preach is that I rose from the dead. And of course I can’t do that, you know, so we’re going to fool people into thinking that I rose from the dead, so what you want to do is get as far away as you can, get up there in Siberia or down in South Africa, and then tell them I rose from the dead. They can’t check up on it.” No, He said, “Begin at Jerusalem.” And as we mentioned last week, it’s a very short walk over to the grave. You can roll that stone back, and expose the body of Jesus. That’s the end of this new thing called Christianity, and as many apologists have pointed out, the Romans would have loved to put His body on display. This is creating some real problems in the empire, and certainly the rabbis would have loved to put the body of Jesus on display. Now, were the disciples so clever that they could steal this body when it’s being guarded by Roman soldiers, and then they can hide it, and then no one of the disciples would buy his life by telling the truth? “Guys, don’t kill me! I’ll tell you the truth: we stole His body and hid it in Peter’s basement,” or wherever, you know? Nobody’s fool enough to die for what he knows is a lie. So we have very powerful evidence that Christ spent this time with these men, proving to them that He had risen from the dead. But then He’s also telling them to not depart from Jerusalem until something happens. They are going to be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

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Tom: Now, Dave, explain baptism here. Some people, they just have one idea what that term means.

Dave: Well, Tom, you picked the Book of Acts. Now, you got us into some really controversial stuff. I probably…

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Tom: Dave, I’ve been hanging around with you a long time, so it just comes with the territory, I’m afraid. [chuckles]

Dave: …[chuckling] I probably would have backed down and said, “Let’s go for the Psalms or something.” I don’t know. But anyway, Tom—well, look, I’m going to have people who will disagree with me now. It’s very interesting that every time that being baptized with the Holy Ghost or the baptism of the Spirit is mentioned, it is always likened to John’s baptism in water. John the Baptist, for example, said, and I’m quoting from Matthew:3:11I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
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: “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but he that cometh after me,” of course, he’s referring to the Messiah, “is mightier than I whose shoes I am not worthy to bear. He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.” So, always the baptism into water by John the Baptist is likened to, or is shown to be, a picture of the baptism by Christ into the Holy Spirit. This is not the Holy Spirit baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, which you have in 1 Corinthians 12, but it says—John says, “I baptize you in water, he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, or in the Holy Ghost.” So here we have Jesus in Acts 5 saying, “For John truly baptized with water,” always it’s stated like that.

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Tom: You just said Acts 5, did you mean that?

Dave: Oh, Acts:1:5For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
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, sorry. So here we have Jesus in Acts:1:5For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
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quoting John or referring to John, saying, “For John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” Now, a little later on in this same chapter, Jesus says, “You will receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you.” That’s verse 8. “Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” So, the reason Christ wants them to stay in Jerusalem, not only because that’s where He was crucified and raised from the dead, and it would be easy to disprove the resurrection if it didn’t occur, but also because this is where they would be empowered by the Holy Spirit to be His witnesses. They were not to start out preaching to the world until they received this power from on high.

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Tom: So, Dave, what actually takes place? In other words, are these believers then in the sense that we understand? Are they born again, [and are] now receiving the Holy Spirit? How would you describe that? Or is it just an empowerment as you’ve been alluding to?

Dave: Well, let’s jump forward to verse 8 for a moment: “Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto me.” So, let’s go by contrast, go to 1 Corinthians 12 and see what it says, verse 13: “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free, and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” Here we have the Spirit—the Holy Spirit is immersing or placing or baptizing every believer into the body of Christ, that is, the church. But in Acts 1, Christ is not referring to the Holy Spirit placing the believers into the church, He is saying that He will baptize us in the Holy Spirit. In other words, Christ is going to receive a promise from the Father of power for the disciples, and we will read of that in Acts 2. And always it is likened to John’s baptism in water, because the Greek prefixes are a little bit difficult—does it mean “in,” or “by,” or “of?” If we go to Acts 11, for example, it’s very interesting; always does it say the same thing. Verse 16—now, Peter is on the carpet in Jerusalem. He has gone in to the Gentiles; he has dared to eat with them and be in a Gentile home. That’s not allowed, that’s not kosher for the Jew, and the elders, when he comes back to Jerusalem, they really have taken him to task. And Peter, then, he goes over the whole story: how this sheet was let down from heaven, you know, and God spoke to him in a voice, guided him, “Go with these men,” and he finds that Cornelius—an angel has spoken to him and has told him to send for Peter. It’s a terrific story how the gospel first came to the Gentiles. And as they are speaking, the gift of the Holy Spirit is poured out upon them, notice it says, and Peter is pointing to this as justification. It indicates God’s blessing upon this. And notice verse 16—he says—well, verse 15: “As I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them as on us at the beginning.” Now, that happens in chapter 2, Pentecost, which we will get to, hopefully. Verse 16: “Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. John baptized in water, and you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit.” Tom, we’ve got to come back and talk about that, carry on, next week, I’m afraid.

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Why did Jesus and his disciples go to Jerusalem? ›

Though Jesus had been to Jerusalem several times to celebrate the three pilgrimage festivals, his final entry into Jerusalem had a special meaning. He was solemnly entering as a humble King of peace.

What did the disciples do while they waited for the Holy Spirit? ›

While they waited, they prayed (1:14). “There they continued with one accord in prayer and supplication,” which would indicate they were praying continuously.

How many days did the disciples wait in the upper room? ›

I think it's safe to say the disciples and followers of Jesus were not hiding out in that Upper Room, cowering and fearful, for those 10 days. Instead, they were convinced of the truth of who Jesus was and were determined to make His identity and purpose known.

Does the Bible say not to leave Jerusalem? ›

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

What is the connection between Jesus and Jerusalem? ›

According to the New Testament, Jerusalem was the city to which Jesus was brought as a child, to be presented at the Temple (Luke 2:22) and to attend the festival of passover (Luke 2:41). According to the gospels, Jesus Christ preached and healed in Jerusalem, especially in the courts of the Temple.

Why did the two disciples leave Jerusalem? ›

In the New Testament's Gospel According to Luke, on the Monday after the Resurrection, the disciples of Jesus began to flee Jerusalem, fearing that if their savior was crucified that the Roman authorities would be searching for them as well.

Where did the disciples wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit? ›

Scripture tells us the disciples were given the Holy Spirit before the Day of Pentecost, and, they were told to remain in Jerusalem to receive “a power” from the Holy Spirit.

Can you be filled with the Holy Spirit more than once? ›

We cannot expect to stay filled with the Holy Spirit with a “one time” filling. Life tends to drain our spiritual reservoir. Challenges of daily living require fresh fillings. We must learn how to keep our hearts thirsty for more of the Spirit and our hands open to receive.

What was the gift that the disciples were waiting for? ›

Key Thought. While the apostles were to "go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:18-20), the Lord also told them to wait — not to leave Jerusalem before receiving the promised gift from the Father. This promised gift is the Holy Spirit.

Why were the disciples in a locked room after Jesus was crucified? ›

It's the part of the Easter story that tells us: for three days, most of the disciples sought shelter together in someone's home. John's Gospel describes it this way: “The disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear.”

What is the meaning of upper room in the Bible? ›

The Cenacle (from the Latin cēnāculum, "dining room"), also known as the Upper Room (from the Koine Greek anagaion and hyperōion, both meaning "upper room"), is a room in Mount Zion in Jerusalem, just outside the Old City walls, traditionally held to be the site of the Last Supper, the final meal that, in the Gospel ...

Why were the disciples locked in the upper room? ›

The disciples had locked themselves in the upper room, as they were afraid of the angry mob that crucified Jesus would come after them. Suddenly, Jesus appeared among them.

Why does Jerusalem always turn away? ›

Why does Jerusalem always turn away? They cling to deceit; they refuse to return. I have listened attentively, but they do not say what is right. No one repents of his wickedness, saying, "What have I done?" Each pursues his own course like a horse charging into battle.

Do Christians still live in Jerusalem? ›

According to traditional sources, Jesus lived in Roman Judea, and died and was buried on the site of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City Jerusalem, making the area a Holy Land for Christianity. However, few Christians now live in the region, compared to Muslims and Jews.

What does God say about Jerusalem? ›

From a religious perspective, the Bible, which mentions Jerusalem more than any other place (about 800 times), states, “the Lord has chosen Jerusalem and will dwell there forever” (Psalm 132:13-14) and expressly calls upon God's people to never forget Jerusalem and to “exalt it above their chief joy” (Psalm 137:5-6).

What was Jerusalem called before Jesus? ›

Jebus, Zion, City of David

An ancient settlement of Jerusalem, founded as early as the Bronze Age on the hill above the Gihon Spring, was, according to the Bible, named Jebus. Called the "Fortress of Zion" (metsudat Zion), it was renamed as the "City of David", and was known by this name in antiquity.

Why was the wall of Jerusalem so important? ›

The walls of Jerusalem, which were built originally to protect the borders of the city against intrusions, mainly serve as an attraction for tourists since they ceased to serve as a means of protection for the city.

Why does Israel want Jerusalem? ›

Israel views Jerusalem as its “unified, eternal” capital. It had captured east Jerusalem, which includes the Old City, in the 1967 Mideast war, along with the West Bank and Gaza. Palestinians want those territories for their future state, with east Jerusalem serving as their eventual capital.

Why did the family go to Jerusalem? ›

Luke 2:41-51 CEV

Every year Jesus' parents went to Jerusalem for Passover. And when Jesus was twelve years old, they all went there as usual for the celebration. After Passover his parents left, but they did not know that Jesus had stayed on in the city.

How long did it take to walk from Jerusalem to Emmaus? ›

The distance from Jerusalem to Emmaus is about 7 miles- about 3 hours of walking at an average stride.

Why did the apostles in Jerusalem send Peter and John to Samaria? ›

Peter and John go to Samaria (8:14)

For one, it is a mission of goodwill — to show that the church is one body. By sending the apostles to Samaria, the Jewish Christians in Jerusalem are demonstrating their brotherly bond with the Samaritan disciples.

What does it mean to wait in the presence of God? ›

What does it mean to wait upon the Lord? In the scriptures, the word wait means to hope, to anticipate, and to trust. To hope and trust in the Lord requires faith, patience, humility, meekness, long-suffering, keeping the commandments, and enduring to the end.

What to do while waiting for the coming of the Lord? ›

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How long did it take for the Holy Spirit to come? ›

In the book of the Acts of the Apostles the arrival of the Holy Spirit happens fifty days after the resurrection of the Christ, and is celebrated in Christendom with the feast of Pentecost.

Can you be drunk in the Holy Spirit? ›

Those who have been 'drunk in the Holy Spirit' describe themselves as being overcome by God's presence and His love with the ability to speak in other tongues powerfully. Some report feeling like they have a new confidence and desire to preach to anyone about Jesus without any fear.

Can you feel the Holy Spirit? ›

We can feel the influence of the Holy Ghost in a variety of ways. You've likely heard people say, “I feel the Spirit strongly right now.” Maybe you feel something in that moment too.

What Jerusalem means? ›

The name means “city of peace.” Jerusalem is often called Zion; Mount Zion is the hill on which the fortress of the city was built.

What was the last gift God gave to us? ›

And finally, we have all received the offer of His final gift: the Holy Spirit living inside of every single person who will receive Christ through faith, expressed in repentance and baptism.

What was the gift of promise of Jesus had told them to wait for? ›

Acts 1:1-5-7-8 The Message (MSG)

As they met and ate meals together, he told them that they were on no account to leave Jerusalem but “must wait for what the Father promised: the promise you heard from me. John baptized in water; you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit.

Why did they break peoples legs during crucifixion? ›

The feet were nailed to the upright part of the crucifix, so that the knees were bent at around 45 degrees. To speed death, executioners would often break the legs of their victims to give no chance of using their thigh muscles as support.

Why was Peter buried upside down? ›

His execution was ordered by the Roman Emperor Nero, who blamed the city's Christians for a terrible fire that had ravaged Rome. Peter requested to be crucified upside down, as he felt unworthy to die in the same manner as Christ.

Where did the disciples go after the crucifixion? ›

The Christian Gospels of Mark and Matthew say that, after the Ascension of Jesus, his Apostles "went out and preached everywhere". This is described in Mark 16 verses 19 and 20, and Matthew 28 verses 19 and 20. According to a tradition mentioned by Eusebius, they dispersed to distinct parts of the world.

What does a seat represent in the Bible? ›

It is used also of the exalted position occupied by men of marked rank or influence, either in good or evil (Matthew 23:2; Psalms 1:1).

Why is the Upper Room important? ›

The Role of the Upper Room

It was this type of upper room that Christ used as his go-to gathering place with his disciples. Here, Christ washed his apostles' feet and ate the final Passover meal. Even following his crucifixion and death, the resurrected Christ once again met with his disciples in the upper room.

What were the 120 in the upper room waiting for and why? ›

There were 120 priests leading the people in the temple in Solomon's time, waiting for God to indwell the Holy of Holies. Likewise, there are 120 brethren praising God and waiting for the Promise of the Father in the Upper Room.

How long did they wait in the upper room? ›

I think it's safe to say the disciples and followers of Jesus were not hiding out in that Upper Room, cowering and fearful, for those 10 days. Instead, they were convinced of the truth of who Jesus was and were determined to make His identity and purpose known.

Why does Peter hold the keys to heaven? ›

In simpler terms, Peter was given the authority of God, or the priesthood. The keys which he holds are strong symbols of that priesthood authority, and the fact that it has been restored today. In the Rome Temple Visitors' Center, Peter can be found twice in two separate artistic renditions–but both with keys.

Who slept with his servant in the Bible? ›

So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.

Who predicted the fall of Jerusalem? ›

Micah was the first prophet to predict the downfall of Jerusalem. According to him, the city was doomed because its beautification was financed by dishonest business practices, which impoverished the city's citizens.

How many times was Jerusalem destroyed? ›

During its long history, Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times.

Why did the Jews return to Jerusalem? ›

The return to Zion

According to the books of Ezra–Nehemiah, a number of decades later in 538 BCE, the Jews in Babylon were allowed to return to the Land of Judah, due to Cyrus's decree.

Why was Jerusalem so important to Christians? ›

For Christians, Jerusalem is also the place where Jesus preached, died and was resurrected. Many also see the city as central to an imminent Second Coming of Jesus. Jerusalem is now a major pilgrimage site for Christians from around the world.

Why is Jerusalem important to all three religions? ›

In ancient times Jerusalem was believed to be the center of the world. Packed tightly together in the Old City of Jerusalem is the holiest religious sites of the three religions and one of the sites, Temple Mount is sacred to all three.

What religion does Jerusalem belong to? ›

3—All of Jerusalem is holy to three religions—Christian, Jewish and Moslem, and some of the religious sites in and around the Holy City are shared by two or even all three of the religions.

What was God's promise to Jerusalem? ›

Later on, in Deuteronomy 30:3-5, God promises to Israel a specific land – you guessed it! From that moment on, we know it as the Promised Land. The Lord said He would bring his people to the land He chose, and He would make their descendants prosperous.

Why do we need to pray for Jerusalem? ›

Secondly, I'm encouraging believers to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, because it's the only city on earth where God has placed His name forever. God has attached His name – His very reputation– to Jerusalem. If Jerusalem is an epicenter of violence and war, if it's divided, it does not reflect well on His name.

What is Jerusalem called in the Bible? ›

While the Bible usually calls the city "Jerusalem," it is also uses other names, including “City of Jebus” (Judges 19:10) after the Jebusites, who lived in the city before King David allegedly purchased it from their king and made it his capital. This led to another name, “City of David” (e.g., 2 Samuel 5:6).

How long did the disciples wait to receive the Holy Spirit? ›

Acts 2:1-4 (NASB)

These were saved disciples receiving a subsequent experience with the Holy Spirit. Jesus described this to them in advance as receiving the promise of the Father for power for the ministries they had been given. They received several days (at least 10) after being born again.

What happened to the disciples on the day of Pentecost after the Holy Spirit came? ›

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues, in other languages.

How do we wait for the Holy Spirit? ›

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What was it called when the Holy Spirit came to the disciples? ›

Pentecost comes from a Jewish harvest festival called Shavuot. The apostles were celebrating this festival when the Holy Spirit descended on them.

When was the first time the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples? ›

In the book of the Acts of the Apostles the arrival of the Holy Spirit happens fifty days after the resurrection of the Christ, and is celebrated in Christendom with the feast of Pentecost.

Why did the disciples go to the upper room? ›

The disciples' dominating concern in the upper room was Jesus' self-prophesied impending death and departure. They were anxious about not seeing him again (Jn 13:33, 36; 14:1-5, 27-31). Orphans are those whose parents die (Jn 14:18).

What happens when you receive the Holy Spirit? ›

Most of you have felt the effects of that promise being fulfilled in your lives. You have felt the quiet confirmation in your heart and mind that something was true. And you knew that it was inspiration from God. You feel peace, hope, and joy when it speaks to your heart and mind that something is true.

Why was Pentecost so important? ›

The festival of Pentecost is still important to Christians today because it represents the beginning of the Christian Church. It reminds them how Jesus' promise that God would send the Holy Spirit was fulfilled.

What 3 things happened on the day of Pentecost? ›

It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and other disciples following the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ (Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2), and it marks the beginning of the Christian church's mission to the world.

What is the real meaning of Pentecost? ›

The name comes from the Greek word pentekoste which means fiftieth. The holiday is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter which is also fifty days after Easter, hence the name.

Why is God asking us to wait? ›

First, we need to recognize why God calls us to wait. He does it for his glory and to make us more like Jesus, whose whole life could be called a waiting game.

Does waiting on God mean doing nothing? ›

God wants us to know that waiting is far from a passive activity in which we do nothing. In fact, Scripture teaches us that God wants us to actively participate in the work he desires to accomplish. Waiting strategically can cultivate good fruit in in our lives such as patience, perseverance, and endurance.

Who originally did Holy Spirit activate? ›

Where does it come from? The song actually comes from a recent episode of the American quiz show Celebrity Family Feud. Back in September, the members of the American pop group Wilson Phillips appeared on the show and provided us with one of the most hilarious moments in the show's history.

Who was the first to receive the Holy Spirit? ›

Agnes Ozman
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Why do you wear red on Pentecost Sunday? ›

So… on The Day of Pentecost in the church year, fifty days of Easter and ten days after the Ascension, the clergy wear RED vestments to signify the work of the Spirit. It is also a custom in many churches for the people in the congregation to wear RED on the Day of Pentecost as well.


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