The Family Business

The Family Business

The Family Business

The Family Business

Acts 1:1-11

                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. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

                        6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

                        7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

                        9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

                        10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

What are you looking at?

  • Some people are so heavenly minded they are of no earthly good
  • Some people are so earthly minded that they are of no heavenly good.

Seven times the Bible records Jesus appearing after His resurrection:

  • To Mary Magdelene as she was leaving the tomb (Matthew 28:1-10)
  • To two disciples walking on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-)
  • In the upper room after the two from Road to Emmaus come back to Jerusalem (Luke 24, John 20)
  • A week later in the upper room with Thomas (John 20:24-29)
  • In Galilee while Peter, James and John were fishing
  • On a mountain in Galilee he told his disciples to meet him at (Matthew 28:16-20)
  • The ascension mention in Luke 24 and Acts 1

Here is a summary of what Jesus taught his disciples during those days:

  • Wait for the promised Holy Spirit
  • Go into all the world
  • Feed my sheep
  • Believe in me
  • Don’t worry about the dates and times of the future

The fate of the apostles:

  • James – Beheaded by King Herod Agrippa (Acts 12:2)
  • Andrew – Crucified by order of Roman Governor in Western Greece Nov. 30 AD60
  • Bartholomew – Traveled to India – Some records have him beheaded
  • James – Beaten to death at the Temple in Jerusalem 63AD
  • Peter – Crucified upside down in Rome during reign of Nero AD64
  • Thomas – Burned alive AD70
  • Philip –Crucified upside down in Phrygia
  • Matthew – Killed by sword in Ethiopia in AD 60-70
  • Simon – Crucified by governor of Syria AD74 (Preached all over the place)
  • Judas – Beaten to death preaching Christ to Pagan priests in Mesopotamia
  • John – Exiled
  • Matthias – Legit historian says he was stoned while hanging on the cross in Ethiopia
  • Paul – Beheaded in Rome AD67

What do we have our eyes on?

  • Are we comfortable because we are going to heaven?
  • Are we distracted from Kingdom things by everyday life?

Look at Ephesians 2:19:

                “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household!”

Citizens:

  • We belong
  • We are protected by
  • We are allowed entrance in
Jerusalem Temple Warning Stone

Jerusalem Temple Warning Stone

Translated: “No foreigner may enter within the balustrade around the sanctuary and the enclosure. Whoever is caught, on himself shall he put blame for the death which will ensue.”

 

 

Roman citizen rights:

  • To vote
  • To stand for public office
  • To make legal contracts to hold property
  • Lawful marriage with a Roman citizen
  • The right to sue
  • The right to have a legal trial
  • The right to appeal to a higher court
  • Could not be tortured or whipped
  • No Roman could be sentenced to die on the cross

PAUL TELLS US THAT WE ARE MEMBERS OF GOD’S PEOPLE AND PART OF HIS HOUSEHOLD

ANOTHER THING ABOUT FAMILY – WE SHARE IN THE WORK

SO – Where does that leave us?

  • We need to not let our eyes and minds wander from the work God has called us to
  • We need to not give in to being comfortable with our salvation
  • We need to show this world the power and love that comes from the cross

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