Here is a question for you: Has anyone ever seen the Holy Spirit? Has anyone ever watched the Holy Spirit, like you watch a movie?
The Holy Spirit has always been God, always the third Person of the Blessed Trinity, and He always will be. With the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit dwells in unapproachable light for all eternity. With the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit created the universe out of nothing. With the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit sustains everything in existence. With the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit called and guided the Chosen People of old.
In the autumn of A.D. 60, Portius Festus arrived from Italy to begin his assignment as Roman governor of Judea. He inherited a number of problems. One of them was that St. Paul was languishing in his jail.
King Herod Agrippa II came to the seaport city of Caesarea to greet the new governor. The king’s great-grandfather had built the city to curry favor with the waxing Roman empire.
Festus knew little of Judaism and nothing of Christianity. Nonetheless, in his conversation with Herod Agrippa, the new Roman governor unwittingly distilled the life of St. Paul into one single, perfect sentence.
[On] the day He was taken up…, the disciples asked Him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” –Acts 1:1,6
This is what the disciples asked Christ after He had risen from the dead. It was an honest question. A thousand years earlier, the Lord had consecrated King David as the shepherd of His people. But for centuries, the people of God had lived under the unjust yoke of foreign overlords.
Faithful Jews longed for the Messiah to come and restore the kingdom of David. Now the Messiah had come. He had conquered death. He was restoring the Kingdom. In fact, He was restoring the entire human race to the friendship of God. His next step was to ascend personally to heaven. The disciples were to persevere patiently until all things were fulfilled.
The disciples, however, had a different idea. They wanted immediate satisfaction. “Hasn’t the time come to straighten everything out now, Lord?”