Early Church

How does the church begin in the Book of Acts?   It begins with people who engage with other people. Remember the scene where Jesus has ascended back to heaven (Scholars call this “The Ascension”).  The apostles are all standing around looking up into the sky when suddenly two men in white appear.  Listen to what they tell the apostles: 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”  
Two things I want us to take note of.  First, read what the two men say: Why do you stand looking into heaven?  I think we should understand this question as a question we should be asking of our own selves.  We should ask ourselves why are we just standing and not doing?  We know as Christians that a day is coming when Jesus will return to earth to rule and set up His government.  We can stand every day looking up and waiting, which by the way if we did that and had longevity of life, we would have been standing for over 2000 years.  An expectant heart is a good thing because we expect Jesus to return at any moment.  We should be expecting his return.   Yet, while we wait, are we supposed to just stand around looking up?  I don’t think so.  In reality while we wait, we work.  We work on engaging others to see for themselves the power of the gospel.  We evangelize to those who are lost and dying both physically spiritually.  We gather together with other Christians to learn, question and properly debate the Word of God.  Let’s not be found only standing when Jesus returns, but rather let’s be found doing the work of the Gospel which starts with believing Jesus is the Son of God.  
Secondly, the two men in white tell the apostles that in the same way Jesus left them he will return to them.  Jesus is coming back.  We have to get that stuck way down in our belief system.  We have to hold on the assuredness of that event coming to pass. What will that day look like?  I don’t know exactly but I want to be ready when it comes.
 The Lord, our Lord, loves us with an unfathomable love.  I love my wife and kids and parents, but not with the kind of love Jesus has.  I might die for my family.  Jesus died for everyone.  Think about that!   It’s too much to understand because would you do it?  Would you die for every person who has ever lived or will live regardless of their lifestyle choices, mistakes or uncleanliness of heart?  NO.   Only Jesus can do that.  He is love.  
Be ready for his return.  Be doing the work of the Father.  Be expectant in waiting.  Engage people.  

Love in Christ
Pastor Barry
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