I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.
We have been hearing the command to “go,” but now Jesus seems to reverse course and says to stay in the city and wait. Immediately before he was taken prisoner in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus promised his disciples that they would receive the Holy Spirit at an opportune time, but even now after the resurrection and appearances, the time had not yet come. His promise was this: “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26). He also said the Counselor, the Spirit of truth, will be with them forever. Jesus would not leave his disciples as orphans (John 14:16–18). The time was coming but had not yet come when the disciples would be “clothed with power from on high.” That power comes directly from the Holy Spirit of God.