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“In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day He was taken up into Heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles He had chosen. After His suffering, He showed Himself to these men 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. 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. For John baptised with water, but in a few days you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’”
We should all be very grateful to God for Dr Luke.
The account is called the ‘Acts of the Apostles’ – it is also referred to as the ‘Acts of the Holy Spirit’. Without this book there would be a real ‘gap’ in our New Testament. It provides a historically supported, accurate record of what happened between the Ascension of Jesus and the spreading of the Gospel - ‘Good News’ - worldwide.
It brings Paul, Saul of Tarsus, on to the centre stage so that we have a glimpse of the man behind the letters. Above all, it shows the transforming power of the Holy Spirit who was ‘given’ at Pentecost, and subsequently to all who truly follow Jesus and ask for His filling.
In the 5 verses we read today, we have the Gospel in a nutshell. No one is “taken up into Heaven” unless He is the Son of God. He suffered for us, died, and rose again. “He showed Himself” to His disciples/apostles. (‘Apostles’ were those who were eyewitnesses of Jesus – see Acts 1:21-22.)
He “gave many convincing proofs.” One translation says ‘infallible proofs’. I like that. They are infallible. There is no doubt that Jesus rose from the dead. Many have tried to discredit it but listen – where is the body? If the Jews and Romans couldn’t find it – you can guarantee it couldn’t be found. They were ruthless in their desire to stamp out this ‘heresy’. The easiest way to do so was to produce the body – but they never could. Why? Because it was resurrected.
In his definitive book – ‘Who Moved The Stone’, Frank Morrison tells us that he set out to prove once and for all that Jesus died and remained dead. He didn’t want to believe otherwise and was determined to end the fallacy of His resurrection for all time. However, as he studied the evidence, he found himself writing a completely different book. The evidence of the resurrection of Jesus was overwhelming. His book stands today as a great classic to help people come to faith.
I heard one of the most respected Chief Justices of Great Britain say that if the issue came to court today, there is so much evidence that a jury would have to pronounce it as truth. (I understand there is more evidence that Jesus rose from the dead than King Henry VIII of England ever lived.) You and I can safely believe the Bible – it is an accurate record. It is the Truth.
“Wait for the Gift My Father promised” – ‘The Fire’. The Holy Spirit. They had to wait in Jerusalem. Jesus told everyone in Jerusalem, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” John adds, “By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive” (John 7:37-39).
The Scriptures told it, John the Baptist had prophesied it, and Jesus confirmed it.
They just had to wait. Watch out.
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