Acts 1:1-2 (NLT) In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit.
Luke, the human author of Acts, refers to ‘his’ Gospel when he writes about everything Jesus began to do. Luke clearly understands what Jesus followers do after Jesus ascension to heaven as a continuation of Jesus own ministry. The word disciple (the word means learner, and someone who follows the example of another) is used less commonly by Luke in Acts as he replaces it with the word apostle. The word apostle means special messenger or sent one and it is true to say with this meaning all believers should be called apostles. We have all been chosen by God to be his witnesses, passing on the message from God about what Jesus has done for each person. The message of Easter is relevant every day, Jesus died in our place, taking God’s anger and punishment for our sin on himself. Believing in Jesus death for us and his resurrection proving he was and is God is what we need to communicate in meaningful ways. We, Jesus apostles are called to point others to Jesus own death, we are called to be living examples of Jesus to an unbelieving world and we are called to live lives directed by God’s Holy Spirit. What a responsibility and a privilege!Father, we I take my responsibilities seriously this week!