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Acts 1:1

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach


So begins the book of Acts, called by some Luke II because of the fact that the beloved physician, Luke is the author. Luke makes an interesting statement to his friend Theophilus in this first sentence. (The Gospel of Luke is also addressed to this person Theophilus). Luke says in my first book I wrote about the things that Jesus began to do. Why didn’t he say I wrote about what Jesus did and taught while he was here among us? After all, Jesus is gone now. The answer to my question is found in verse 4 when Jesus tells the apostles to wait in Jerusalem for the gift the Father had promised. That gift was the fact that the Father was going to send a “comforter” who would not just be with them, but would be in them. Jesus had told the disciples that it is better for you that I go away because the Holy Spirit will come and reside in you. In verse 8 of Acts 1 Jesus told the apostles that when the Spirit comes on you, you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. In other words, Luke was saying to Theophilus just because Jesus ascended back into heaven it does not mean he was finished ministering here on earth. In the 28 chapters of this book Luke is going to show how Jesus continued to teach about and expand the kingdom of God through the lives of the men and women who received the promise of the Father. In Acts 3 the apostle Peter is used by the Lord to heal a crippled man. When a crowd of astonished people gather to see what all the commotion is Peter makes it very clear to them that it was Jesus who healed this man – it was in Jesus name and faith that come through him.

By the time we get to the final chapter of the Book of Acts the gospel message and the power of Jesus name has been taken to the ends of the great Roman empire. In the Gospel of Luke the message was taken to the Jewish people in Judah and Galilee. In the book of Acts there are now believers from nations and ethnic origins — all in a matter of 30 years or less. During those years the church of Jesus Christ that was birthed in Acts 2 faced all kinds of oppositions and hardships. But the church continued to grow . . . the message continued to spread further and further. That is because Jesus still lives. Jesus still reigns. Jesus is still at work. . . yet today. We are only in Acts 1 in our reading today, but for those who have read this book before, you know that there is no “the end” at the final verse of chapter 28. That is because Jesus is still at work. He is still calling people into his kingdom. He is still performing miracles in the lives of people. He is doing it through people like you and me who understand that by his Holy Spirit he lives and moves in our lives. What an incredible privilege is ours! To be his hand extended to the world in which we live!

 




Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Tues.  Sept. 20, 2011   Jer. 8-9, Psalm 73:1-14, Prov. 20, Acts 1

Wed.   Sept. 21, 2011   Jer. 10-11, Psalm 73:15-28, Prov. 21, Acts 2

Thurs. Sept. 22, 2011   Jer. 12-13, Psalm 74:1-11, Prov. 22, Acts 3

Fri.      Sept. 23, 2011   Jer. 14-15, Psalm 74:12-23, Prov. 23, Acts 4

Sat.     Sept.24, 2011   Jer. 16-17, Psalm 75, Prov. 24, Acts 5

Sun.    Sept.25, 2011   Jer. 18-20, Psalm 76, Prov. 25, Acts 6

Mon.   Sept. 26, 2011   Jer. 21-22, Psalm 77, Prov. 26, Acts 7




 

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