Daily Archives: April 24, 2019
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Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven
1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them 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. 4 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. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
Tell Everyone About Jesus | Rebecca Hoyt
My Bible notes that these verses serve as a bridge between the account of Jesus’ life and ministry in the Gospel of Luke and the historical account of the development of the apostolic church in Acts. Jesus’ plan for the evangelization of the world, as well as a rough outline for the book of Acts, is summarized in verse 8. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the apostles shall be witnesses to Christ in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.
This is what Jesus wants us to do. Go tell others about him. This can take many forms and I think for me it starts at home telling my kids about Jesus. And modeling in my life how Jesus wants us to live.
Dear Father, thank You for giving us all the chance to tell others about You. There are so many different ways to tell people. Please reveal to all of us each unique way you want us to tell others. Amen.
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