Acts + Letters Lesson 1 Day 2

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Acts Lesson 1 Day 2

Luke’s Account of Jesus Continues

Acts 1:1-4 and Luke 24:13-49

After Jesus crucifixion, he appeared to his followers for forty days until he was taken up into a cloud.

Acts 1:3 The number forty is significant, for it speaks of transformation and completeness through testing. Jesus was tempted for forty days, the deluge during Noah’s day lasted forty days and nights, Moses met with God for forty days on Sinai, Israel wandered for forty years, and Elijah fasted for forty days. Jesus spent forty days appearing to his disciples to teach them that a day of completeness and transformation had arrived. It took them forty days to comprehend that Christ’s kingdom was spiritual, not political.

3. For forty days, Jesus appeared to his followers many times.

He didn’t just appear, he also interacted with them in various ways.

  • Met with his followers and ate with them
  • Walked and talked with them on the road to Emmaus
  • Taught them
  • Jesus revealed from prophecies written down in scripture how he fulfilled each one. There was no doubt he was the promised Messiah.
  • Gave instructions

4. Importance of Jesus’ forty days  between his resurrection and ascension

Jesus proves to his followers that he is alive.

Each day following Jesus’ death and burial, his followers must have felt more confused, discouraged, and afraid.

Luke writes in Luke 24:1-12 that two men appeared to the women who went to the tomb. The men reminded them of Jesus’ words saying he would be crucified but he would rise again. The men instructed the women to go and tell the others that they saw him and that he was indeed alive again.

When the eleven disciples and the others heard, only Peter ran to the tomb to see and marveled to himself. The others didn’t believe the women’s story.

I love how God knows how tethered we are to what we see, hear, taste, and feel with our physical senses. That’s why he sent the Spirit so they would learn to see, hear, taste, and feel with their spiritual senses. The Spirit also empowered them to demonstrate the Kingdom of God with signs and wonders.

“Jesus appeared alive many times”…and “proved to them with many convincing signs that he had been resurrected.” (Acts 1:3-4 TPT)

Paul mentions another specific instance in his first letter to the Corinthians:

“he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living” (1 Corinthians 15:6).

Establishing His Kingdom on Earth

From > To

  • The law of Moses TO grace
  • Only Abraham’s family TO all the world (Mark 16:15)
  • From Levitical priesthood of men without disabilities between the age of 25 to 50 TO the priesthood of all believers; all females and males of all ages (Galatians 3:28)

Jesus fulfilled all the law and the prophets, fulfilled our need for a sacrifice, and became the King of Kings and Lord of Lords for the Kingdom of God forever.

Teaching and Commissioning His Followers

Jesus’ followers were eyewitnesses to the greatest miracle of all.

Just as Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness before his three-year ministry began, he also spent forty days commissioning his followers to receive the Holy Spirit, take the good news of the Kingdom of God to all the world, and prepare his Bride.

Questions for Jesus

I try to think of Jesus as physically present, and I ask him questions often. Sometimes it’s just, “Jesus?”

He is Emmanuel — God with us.

Even when we were dead and doomed in our many sins, he united us into the very life of Christ and saved us by his wonderful grace!  He raised us up with Christ the exalted One, and we ascended with him into the glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated as one with Christ! (Ephesians 2:5-6 MSG)

5. Blessed assurance

Luke says that his first volume (the Gospel of Luke) was about everything Jesus began to do and to teach before he ascended.

The word began jumps out at me. Jesus’ short time on earth—dressed in a human-suit—was only the beginning.

His life continues to this day in and through the lives of each of us in whom he lives, moves, and has his being.

Jesus didn’t stop appearing to believers after his ascension. He appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus and two other times mentioned in Acts. Paul also says that Jesus taught him.

It’s easy to think of the people in scripture as somehow special. I believe we can be as close to Jesus as we determine to be.

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