“The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen.” – Acts 1:1-2
The first chapter of the Book of Acts of the Apostles, we have a brief account of the Gospels, told through the eyes of Luke (assumed to be the author), in a letter to a person named Theophilus. It mentions how ‘in the first account’ – the Gospel of Luke – he told the story of Jesus in details; he is now setting the stage for the post-Jesus era, during a time when Christians were disliked and persecuted. One purpose of the Acts is to show the unfolding of the Apostolic age, and the spreading of the Good News of Jesus from a small band of 120 believers, to make Jesus accessible to all people.
In the coming week as we unpack this book of the Bible, we have the opportunity to enter into the adventure of the early followers of The Way, and imagine if we were one of 120 Christians in a land populated by 4,000,000 Jews, a ratio of 1:30,000! We would be keenly aware of our need for the Comforter, the Holy Spirit to give us courage to live and profess our faith. Let us keep our current climate in mind, and how we are called to continue the work of the first disciples today, as we walk these days on the dusty roads of Palestine in the Scriptures. May the inspired Word of God give us hope where we are sent to be a light to the nations, today.
May God bless you.