“In the first book, O Theophilas, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach” (Acts 1:1). 

Point #1) The book of Acts is the continuation of what Jesus began by his finished work on the cross (John 19:30).  There is nothing lacking in Jesus’ death.  Luke refers to that as the beginning because Jesus is the one who empowers the continued spread of the Gospel as seen in Acts. 

“…he had given commands through the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:2)

Point #2) Jesus did not leave his apostles without direction and he doesn’t leave us like freshly decapitated chickens either.  He gave us commands and put us on mission: be faithful witnesses of Jesus to the entire world, not neglecting our local context; we are to make disciples and not just converts, we are to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and we are to teach the Bible (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).

“…he presented himself alive…” (Acts 1:3)

Point #3) Jesus authenticated the message and mission that he sent his followers on by overcoming sin and death and presenting himself as the risen Lord, much like Neo in The Matrix.  Jesus presented himself in a real, flesh and bones, body.  It was not just a ressurection of the hope inside each and all of us.  As positive a message as that sounds, this one is greater: Jesus’ bodily resurrection proved that our sins are truly forgiven by a God who has the authority to not only forgive, but also to take his life back after a brutal death on a cross.  That is a God worthy of worshipping.

Questions to ponder…

Are you letting Jesus do the power acts, or are you striving to do things within your own power?

Has Jesus made known to you a more specific mission he has for you? (These can change as life changes)

– Are you sitting around when Jesus has already proven his victory and gave us a clear mission?  How can you get out there (into your neighborhood or the nations) and share the gospel?