Bible In A Year | Read: Act 1

1 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.” Acts 1:1-8 

Overview of Chapter

Acts is a continuation of the book of Luke. The book of Luke covered the time period from the birth of Jesus to his death, resurrection and return to heaven. Acts continues the story of what happens following Jesus’ return to heaven. Luke tells his readers that Jesus promised he would return, but in the meantime, the message of Jesus was to be spread throughout the world. Many see verse 8 as an outline for the remainder of the book. Jesus’ followers spend some time in prayer and studying the Old Testament, ultimately determining that they need to replace Judas with a new Apostle.

When Jesus returned to heaven, his followers stood around looking up. They needed to be reminded to get to work doing what Jesus had told them to do, which was spreading his message throughout the world. When people are going through tough times, they often long for Jesus to return. Sometimes, they even make the mistake of predicting when Jesus will return. However, when Jesus returns, our opportunity to reach others for Jesus ends. In tough times, we long for him to return, but when we think of the friend or loved-one who still needs Jesus, we wish he would hold off a bit longer. Since we don’t know when he will return, let’s reach as many as we can while we can.

Thoughts on the verses

What an awesome task Christ assigned to his disciples when he commissioned them to proclaim the gospel and make disciples of people from all nations.  If such a significant mission was dependent upon the personal capacity of these few followers, then the Great Commission could be appropriately described as “Mission Impossible!” 

Jesus assured his disciples of success by letting them know that he possessed all authority in heaven and earth and promised that he would be with them through the completion of the assignment (Matthew 28.18-20). What a relief! 

The book of Acts is the inspired record of how Christ kept this promise. By sending the Holy Spirit to indwell them, Jesus was not only with them, but his Spirit was also in them (v 8; John 14.15-18).  As we journey through the book of Acts, we will be instructed and encouraged to live as witnesses of Christ, with the help of the Holy Spirit. The book of Acts teaches us that the Holy Spirit empowers every believer to fulfill the divine purpose given to us by our holy Father as we operate in the authority of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

Action Steps

Bible: What is God showing me?  What am I going to do about it? 

Bless: Serve one person through word, action, or gift today.

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