In real time

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
“In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.

(Acts 2.14-17)

It was still only nine o’clock in the morning. But God doesn’t hang around. God gets on with it. We began this journey on the way to Jerusalem, accompanying Jesus and his disciples on the road, through the gates of Jerusalem, to the cross, to the empty tomb and then to the mount of ascension and today to the street outside the room in which they had been for too long locked.

This all happened in ‘real time’.

In your time, in God's time

In your time, in God’s time

God still works in real time – that is partly what the incarnation is about – God entering time, your time, my time and making it divine time. In terms of eternity, now is but the twinkling of an eye. But God does not exist only in that eternal, timeless time, in the broad brush of forever. The kingdom of God is about now time, our time, and we are given real time in which to know God and work for the bringing in, the full realisation of what the kingdom means.

Peter is quoting the prophet Joel as with his new found voice he addresses the crowd. No, he is not drunk, well not in their terms, but he is ‘inebriated in the Spirit’, he has drunk deeply of God and like a new wine skin holds the new wine of the kingdom. So he quotes Joel and says

‘Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.’

This is what we are called to do in our real time – to have the vision and the dreams and the prophetic insight which sees the possibility and the reality of God in everything around us. The clock is always ticking, but we have time, God’s time to make the passion, death, resurrection and glory of Jesus real for every person, real for them and real for us.

May my today and tomorrow
be your time, Lord,
and may each moment be spent
in making you known.

And the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore. Amen.


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