The Book of Acts is the history of the establishment of the church. When Christ died on the cross, the Jewish Leaders thought they had completed the task of killing the church—they were soon to learn that just as Christ arose, so did the body of believers that would literally change the very course of time and history. The Book of Acts opens with an intimate farewell speech by our Lord to his friends. As he was preparing to return to the Father, he encouraged them to be ready for he would send the Holy Spirit. His promise was that the Spirit would empower them to be his witnesses across the world. It was a pretty Bold promise for a group of 11 fishermen, artisans and zealots.
In our lives, we have to realize it is the same Spirit that started the church that lives in us when we receive him as our Lord and Savior. We cannot grow in our faith without him. It is that Spirit that leads, guides and comforts us in the midst of the chaotic culture we find ourselves in. As one searches the book of Acts, it is apparent that this journey is not easy, but, it is manageable if we rely upon him and his leadership in navigating the journey. We can never give up or lose heart—we have to cling to the idea that Christ has indeed gone to prepare a place for us with him in Heaven and will return as he promised to take us home. We cannot afford to simply sit and watch, no we must instead push forward and be his witnesses across the globe. Help me, Lord to allow your Spirit to lead, guide and comfort me in this journey.
God Bless You
In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”