Bible Study Lessons: Acts 1:1-11
The beginning of the Christian church? It really begins with the resurrection, and when Jesus leaves for heaven.
Jesus is now resurrected and has come back to visit, teach and even eat with His disciples.
But, did you know that Jesus comes and visits us too? Let’s go through these first verses of Acts and see what happened after Jesus ascended into heaven.
Jesus Leaves for Heaven – Beginning of Acts with the Resurrected Christ
And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them.
They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky?
This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” – Acts 1:9-11 NASB
This Scripture from Acts is one of the best writings in the Bible to strengthen our faith.
It also is the pivoting point for the establishment of the early Christian church from which the gospel will be spread around the world from that time on.
Luke tells how Jesus visited the disciples for 40 days, talking with them, even eating with them, giving them instruction and promising them the baptism by the Holy Spirit which was soon to come.
The disciples were changed men. The petty arguments were gone.
They were now ready to face any and all obstacles for Christ – even to the point of death which almost all succumbed to because of their mission.
The Holy Spirit
The amazing part of this is that the resurrected Christ sits and talks with us.
Am I talking about a ghost? Well, sort of but not in the the “TV” way.
God visits us through the Holy Spirit every time we pray or read the Bible. This Spirit resides within us when we choose to accept Him as our Savior.
And, when we become a part of the fellowship of believers (church), the power of God strengthens. This allows us to do the work on earth Christ commanded.
God is Mighty
I’m guilty! Sometimes I put God in a “little box” and just don’t understand how great He is.
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The disciples finally got it after Jesus convinced them He was for real with His death on the cross and resurrection. Remember, He died for us too!
Let’s not limit His power through our lack of faith.
Love in Christ