New Testament In a Year: June 13 – Acts 1

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Acts 1
(1-5) The Promise of the Holy Spirit
There is a popular worship song where the chorus goes as such:

You came from heaven to earth
To show the way
From the earth to the cross
My debt to pay
From the cross to the grave
From the grave to the sky
Lord I lift Your name on high

This is a great and true song, but it makes Jesus sound like He came to earth and went back to Heaven faster than you can say Jack Robinson. His time down here didn’t pass THAT fast. After His resurrection, this passage tells us that Jesus appeared and spent time with the apostles for forty days before He went to Heaven. He talked to them about the kingdom of God. He promised that they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit, and instructed them to wait for it to arrive.

(6-11) The Ascension
The angels who came down to the apostles after Jesus’ ascension, were like, “Guys, get busy!” I’m sure they would have the same attitude toward many Christians today who are obsessed with end times thinking and apocalyptic beliefs. We can be assured that Jesus, who was taken into heaven, will come back down in the same way that He went up. There’s no need for us to stand around gazing into the clouds, wondering how and when Jesus will return. Christ has given us work to do, and we need to be busy about that work. We need to be more concerned with being faithful witnesses than we are with trying to figure out the times and seasons of the second coming.

(12-26) Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas
Everyone is unique in the kingdom and work of God, but no one is irreplaceable. After Judas betrayed Jesus and hung himself, he was replaced by the apostles with Matthias.

Favorite verse: (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.”

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