“The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after that He through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom He had chosen: to whom also He shewed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: and, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but Wait for the promise of the Father, which, ye have heard of Me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” Acts 1:1-5 (KJV)
A great many people are familiar people are familiar with the movie called “The Passion” made for the movie screen several years ago; but not everyone is very familiar with the Person of the Passion; and that is Jesus Christ.
The Acts are the continuing accounts of the Physician named Luke who also penned down the Gospel account of Luke. Luke was not only a physician, but a historian as well. The verses above show us that continuing account of the crucified, buried and resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.
I just want to leave you with some thoughts on phrases and words through this first chapter;
- “Taken up” and “As He went up” verses 2, 9, 10, 11;
- “After His passion” v. 3;
- The continuing of the Gospel of Christ… “But ye shall receive power…” verses 7-8;
- “These all continued with one accord in prayer…” v. 14;
In verse 11 it should be noted that the admonition is to be telling people about Jesus, His passion, and that He is alive, and one day, soon, returning; and not to be gazing at the skies, and enamored with the signs.
Of course there is much more for chapter one. This will not be a …