Yesterday we said Thank You to Luke.
If you missed it please take a little time to click over to DAY 1 to see how our introduction to this great book of the Bible led us to be thankful and to consider how we tackle things for God.
Today is Day 2 and you will probably be hoping I get through more than 3 verses this time. Me too!
I'm focusing in on a message in the next part of Acts chapter 1, the little message that the 2 angels gave to the followers of Jesus who were with Him up to His last moments on earth.
But before I go on to that there are also words of Jesus in this section that are very encouraging and important.
So Let's pick out some verses along the way from Acts ch.1 v.4-11
From verse 7 we know that it is not for any of us to know times that God has decided upon, so I was struck by how important and special it must have been for those with Him to hear Jesus Himself say
"not so many days from now" in verse 5.
Jesus was saying soon, very soon, something was going to happen.
What was Jesus talking about in verse 5?
The Promise of the Father which is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
How exciting and maybe even a bit terrifying for the believers because they could not imagine what it would entail but if Jesus said it they would trust it because they trusted Him.
Verses 9 & 10 are all about the attention of the followers and what it was centred upon.
Firstly their attention was all on Jesus as He spoke to them so this means they clearly heard Him promise that very soon (a matter of days) they would have the presence of the Third Person of the Trinity with them.
Then their attention was all on Him as He ascended.
In fact all of their attention had been on Jesus during that time. They probably didn't want to give their attention to anything else just after that; who would want to miss out on anything that might happen then?
They may have missed things before during the three years with Jesus because they couldn't keep their attention continually upon Him for all of that time. But this was now surely a different situation with the resurrected Lord.
The two angels who suddenly appeared in verse 10 reassure them that Jesus will come back again - reiterating what Jesus Himself had already told them but they weren't all like Luke (taking a note of everything Jesus said and did from Day 1) so they could well have forgotten He said it or had not been paying proper attention that day and didn't even hear it.
The Special Little Message these two angels gave them covered 4 things:
- Jesus went to Heaven.
- Jesus will return from Heaven.
- Jesus will come back in the same way as He went.
- He will be the same Jesus - He will be unmistakable.
All of this vital information in one verse.
I had to give all of my attention to this special little message because that is what was expected of me as well as the disciples.
It is expected of all of us because we need to know the truth of what God has planned for Christ's return and for the comfort, teaching and miracles of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives until He does return.