DESCRIPTION: The ten days between Jesus' return to heaven (we call it The Ascension) and the giving of Spirit (known in the church as Pentecost) was a period of time filled with tension, expectation, and prayerful waiting.
During this period of time, Jesus was not physically present with them, nor
did they have His Spirit with them. Why the delay? Why keep them waiting? As we'll learn more about this week, God allowed them to go through a liminal experience - a time of confusion and difficulty - to prepare them for what was ahead. He does the same in us; hard times don't tell us He's far away, they tell us He's at work. That means for those in Christ, there is hope in our hard times.