Lk.24:49 – Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.
What an interesting, seldom used, old fashioned word – but I like it. What does tarry mean? It simply means to sit down and wait. It can mean to linger or take your time in leaving. Tarrying is unfamiliar to most of us in our fast paced have it now world that we live in. Jesus was saying to His disciples and is saying to us today if you want His power involved in your life you may just have to learn to wait. We are so used to doing things, even in our church services. Sometimes its best to just be still, say nothing, and turn our eyes upon Jesus. When we turn off the phones and all the other distractions we are making room for the Lord. Doing that, just waiting on the Lord in a room full of other hungry people can change the world. Here is how John Gill described this word tarry.
“But tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem; for the space of ten days; here they were to continue during that time, and not depart thence; yea, they were to sit there, as the word used signifies: they were to sit still, and be silent; they were not to begin to preach; they were only to attend to prayer and Christian conversation, and to wait for the Spirit, the promise of the Father; and who also is designed in the following clause: until ye be endued with power from on high”
Tarrying services were common to first generation Pentecostals. It simply means to wait on the Lord until His glory falls. It was not complicated, taking time to wait on the Lord changes everything. The first “tarrying meeting” was a ten day meeting held by the disciples of Jesus in a place known as “the upper room”. What were they doing? They were simply following the instructions of Jesus, they would wait until the Promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit would come. Their greatest expectations were fulfilled, they were all filled to overflowing with the power of the Holy Spirit. These 120 hungry disciples would now begin to change the world. Tarrying can make all the difference. Maybe its time that we just make some time and wait. Wait until when? We wait until He comes.