Acts 1:1, In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when He was taken up, after He had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom He had chosen. 3 He presented Himself alive to them after His suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 And while staying with them He ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, He said, “you heard from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 So when they had come together, they asked Him, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by His own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when He had said these things, as they were looking on, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as He went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven.”
All of the Inspirational Thoughts this week will examine some of the most important events that took place in Jesus’ life on earth after the resurrection. One such event took place in Acts 1 where just before Jesus returned to the Father in heaven, He said these words to His beleaguered disciples,
“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
And that is exactly what the disciples did because in Acts chapter 2, the stressed, afraid disciples began to boldly preach the Gospel first to the Jews then the Samaritans then the Gentiles.
These same disciples who had run with fear after Jesus was taken into custody before Jesus’ crucifixion were now the same ones who would preach the gospel and become martyrs for Christ.
What could cause these disciples to move from running fear to dying faith? Nothing else could have influenced them to such an extreme measure besides actually seeing and spending time with a risen Jesus.
If your faith is a little fragile today, think about the change that took place in the life of those disciples and gain new spiritual strength. Don’t be content with a fear-filled faith; step out for Christ today.
Think about it, and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D