Acts 1: 1-3
In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
John 20: 21-22
Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.
On Sunday past we celebrated Pentecost, that incredible day almost 2000 years ago when God poured out His Holy Spirit upon his people and the church was birthed. The Book of Acts describes the profound impact and radical transformation that occurred when the Spirit filled those first followers of Jesus.
The author of Acts is Luke, a doctor, who also wrote what we call the Gospel of Luke. In fact he refers to his previous writings in Acts 1: 1:
“In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven…”
There’s one little word in this verse which is so easy to pass by. Luke says that in his Gospel he recorded all that Jesus BEGAN to do and teach during his earthly ministry. In other words, the life and works of Jesus here on earth during those first 33 years of his life were just the beginning of the ministry of Jesus. When he rose from the grave and ascended back to heaven, it didn’t mean that his work on earth had ended. It had only just begun.
His work of redemption, of saving us from our sins on the cross was finished. But his work of drawing men and women into the Kingdom of God was just beginning. It has continued for the last 2000 years and will continue every day until Jesus returns.
The Holy Spirit who worked through the physical body of Jesus is the exact same Holy Spirit who wants to work through his body, the church, here on earth today. As a Spirit-empowered people we declare and demonstrate the Kingdom of God in every space and place.
Luke tells us that between Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, he “presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive.” (v. 3)
An unbelieving world still needs convincing proofs that Jesus is alive. We are his body, his voice, his hands and feet, his heart to humanity. Therefore my life should be a convincing proof that Jesus is alive. Our church should be a convincing proof that Jesus is alive. By how we live and love and give and serve, each one of us should be a convincing proof that Jesus Christ is alive.
10,000 Hours is such a great opportunity for us to show up in our community and demonstrate that Jesus is alive today. Throughout the month of July there are over 50 projects that we can be part of, practical acts of love and service carrying the life of Jesus into our streets and schools, parks and beaches, local charities and town centres. Please take a few minutes to register today to be part of rewriting the story of our city: https://10000.causewaycoastvineyard.com