READ: Acts 1:1-5
- The author of Luke and Acts links his two books together in part by repeating (summarizing) the final instructions to the disciples. He lets Theophilus (the recipient of Luke and Acts) know that Jesus appeared to His followers after His resurrection. He also informed him that Jesus had left instructions behind to preach a message of repentance to those who would listen.
- Luke adds to the story of Acts the idea that Jesus’ appearances occurred over a 40-day period. Luke makes it sound like it all happened that one resurrection Sunday. It’s probable that Jesus appeared to His disciples multiple times before the ascension. That would have given them even more confidence that they could believe Him and should preach of Him.
- And, again, Luke reminds his reader(s) that the disciples were to wait in Jerusalem. God was planning on doing something out of the ordinary to empower them. They waited for the Holy Spirit to come upon them. That would be the same Spirit to which Jesus alluded when He said that God would baptize them in the Spirit. They should wait…until…power…
- What might be significant about the 40 days of waiting?
- How was Jesus’ baptism going to differ from John’s?
- What does it mean to be totally engulfed in the Holy Spirit?
PRAY: Thank God for His Spirit filling His church. Pray that we are patient while we wait for God to act. Commit to an openness of God’s powerful presence in your life.