2136.) Acts 1:1-11

"The Ascension of Christ" by Salvador Dali, 1958.

“The Ascension of Christ” by Salvador Dali, 1958.

Acts 1:1-11 (NLT)

I think Acts is such a wonderful book!  I hope it will inspire you to greatness as you read about the adventures of Peter and Philip and Paul. I also hope it will cause you to think about what your chapter of Acts will say, because the Holy Spirit is still at work through God’s people in the world!  Good reading, good thinking, good new blessings to you!

Love in our Lord Jesus,
Rebecca

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

1 In my first book

–which was The Gospel according to St. Luke–

I told you, Theophilus,

We know nothing about Theophilus except that his name means “lover of God.” We don’t know a whole lot about the writer, Luke, either, other than that he was a doctor, a Gentile, and a companion to Paul.

about everything Jesus began to do and teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. 3 During the forty days after his crucifixion, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.

4 Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. 5 John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Trinity!  JESUS says the FATHER will send the HOLY SPIRIT.

The Ascension of Jesus

"Ascension" by Eric Gill, 1918 (Tate Collection, London)

“Ascension”  relief print on paper by Eric Gill, 1918 (Tate Collection, London)

6 So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?”

“The verb restore shows that they were expecting a political and territorial kingdom; the noun Israel that they were expecting a national kingdom; and the adverbial clause at this time that they were expecting its immediate establishment.”
—John Stott

7 He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Here Luke outlines his book. The Good News of Jesus will start in Jerusalem with Peter (chapter 1-7), move into Samaria with Philip (chapters 8-12), and then continue to the ends of the earth with Paul (chapters 13-28). We will be reading the book in these three parts; after the first 7 chapters we will return to Isaiah, then return to Acts.

9 After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. 10 As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”

“Ascension of Christ” by Garofalo, 1510 (Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, Rome)

Up through endless ranks of angels,
Cries of triumph in his ears,
To his heav’nly throne ascending,
Having vanquished all their fears,
Christ looks down upon his faithful,
Leaving them in happy tears.
.
Death destroying, life restoring,

Proven equal to our need,
Now for us before the Father
As our brother intercede;
Flesh that for our world was wounded,
Living, for the wounded plead!
.
To our lives of wanton wand’ring

Send your promised Spirit guide;
Through our lives of fear and failure
With your pow’r and love abide;
Welcome us, as you were welcomed
To an endless Eastertide.
.
Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Oh, to breathe the Spirit’s grace!
Alleluia!  Alleluia!
Oh, to see the Father’s face!
Alleluia!  Alleluia!
Oh, to feel the Son’s embrace!

–Jaroslav J. Vajda, 1919-2008

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Music:

HERE  is “Crown Him with Many Crowns”  sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers.

Images courtesy of:
Dali.  https://www.dalipaintings.com/images/paintings/the-ascension-of-christ.jpg
Gill.  http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ViewWork?cgroupid=999999961&workid=5240&searchid=4721&tabview=image
Garofalo. http://www.wga.hu/art/g/garofalo/ascensio.jpg
cartoon.  http://www.reverendfun.com/index.php?date=19990406
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