Luke was Paul’s friend and Doctor. He traveled with Paul on many of His missionary journey’s and when he was being persecuted in Rome. In that time, he learned and penned a gospel for the Gentiles. Now He was giving an account of what happened in the initial formation of the church. As He began, it was where he left off in the Gospel. He told his readers more details of meeting with the disciples and others many times after the resurrection, and His preparation for the Asencion to Heaven. Jesus was preparing for the formation and the spread of the church. He told His disciples to wait for His Spirit, then to be ready to spread the Gospel throughout the World. That seemed a tall order for a group of fishermen and villagers from Israel. Amazingly enough, however, what would follow was no less a miracle than any others listed in the Bible.
In our world today, we are charged with the same call and filled with the same spirit as were the apostles. We are each as important to the Lord as were they. We need to wait upon the Lord to lead us and then be faithful to execute His plan for our lives. As we do, we will be His witnesses locally, regionally, nationally, and around the world. He will equip us, lead us, bless us, and use us. We simply must be available and teachable so that he can in fact use us.
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[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] 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.”