Study Through The Book of Acts – Chapter 1 : Verses 6-26
Have you ever seen this bumper sticker?
“Jesus is coming soon. Quick, look busy!”
How funny that we do this at work or school. When Mr. Boss is scheduled to be at the office we get our act straight. We can quickly execute keyboard shortcuts to switch screens when the teacher walks by. We’re crafty little boogers aren’t we!
Yesterday, we covered verses 1-5 (link to previous post). This will be a quick and straight forward one so let’s tackle the rest of the chapter.
Act 1:6 – Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
The disciples didn’t want Jesus to leave yet. Have you ever felt that way after having good fellowship? And some how you’re able to say goodbye but don’t actually leave for another 5-10 minutes….or if you’re Filipino up to 30-minutes or more. Woot! =)
Act 1:7 – And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.
I love how Jesus is able to respond to questions. He only gives them what they need to know at that very moment. In Christendom this is a very common question and there are many views out there. I’m going to leave this alone for now and will revisit it later.
Act 1:8 – “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Jesus ends with a promise that He will send the “Helper” that will enable them to accomplish the Great Commission. Many get caught up in the excitement that Jesus could return at any moment they often stress out with “what if’s” and “I-should’s”. For example, if Jesus is coming soon then I can quit my job or not enroll in any classes. Or I “should” sell all I have, not get married and then pass out 1-million Gospel tracts in a 3rd world country. Let’s slow our roll and remember that Jesus is sending the Holy Spirit to help us figure it out. We are His representatives on earth and we still have to go about our lives with new direction and purpose. God will give you a part so don’t worry yourself or freak out your spouse that you have to sell the car and house and move to Hawaii. Woot!
Act 1:9 – Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
Wow, does Jesus knows how to make an exit or what. If I was there, my heart would sink and I would be holding back my tears.
Act 1:10 – And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,
Act 1:11 – who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Jesus sent them two special agents called the M.I.W (Men In White). Are they angels? Moses and Elijah? Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones? What’s important is their affirmation that Jesus will brb (be right back).
Act 1:12 -Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey.
Act 1:13 – And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James.
Act 1:14 -These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
I would love to experience a prayer meeting like that. They were all in harmony with each other and pouring out their hearts to God.
Act 1:15 – And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said,
Act 1:16 – “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus;
Act 1:17 – “for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.”
Act 1:18 – (Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out.
Act 1:19 – And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.)
Act 1:20 – “For it is written in the Book of Psalms:
‘Let his dwelling place be desolate,
And let no one live in it’;
and,‘Let another take his office.’
Act 1:21 – “Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
Act 1:22 – “beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”
Act 1:23 – And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
Act 1:24 – And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen
Act 1:25 – “to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.”
Act 1:26 – And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Here’s a tip if you’re looking for good baby names – avoid the name Judas, as well as Lucifer. Those are names for cats! Woot! =)
Peter steps up to the plate and brings up a very important issue – Who was going to replace Judas? They had two qualified candidates with a 50/50 chance. Similar to a football coin toss, they picked Matthias. However, we’ll see later that the man who was persecuting the Christians would actually be the 12th disciple. Woot! Plot twist.
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