For the past two weeks we have been discussing how God is seemingly interested in using that which appears to be too little, to do great things. For this week’s discussion, I would like us to turn our attention towards the book of Luke 24:44-49, “Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
In this text, we learn that the disciples of Jesus were given the ability to more fully understand why the event that had just unfolded, had to unfold in such a way. Also, we learn that Jesus was giving them an order to stay in Jerusalem for the purpose of receiving the Holy Spirit. What we learn from Acts 1 is that they will be receiving those gifts, and begin to spread the good news of Jesus’ resurrection to the world. But if we really examine the implications from this, it’s astounding.
Jesus was the incarnate Word of God, the promised redeemer for all mankind from sin. And yet, after the marvelous work of salvation had been finished, He entrusted 11 men to tell the world. After all that time in preparation, the Gospel of Christ could have been a lost secret if these 11 men had not done what Jesus told them to do. I think it is amazing that God Himself trusted these men with that imperative work.
But he also trusts us enough to continue this work. The world in which we live is just in a dire state as it was in the 1st century. If we will not spread the news of Jesus’ victory over sin, who will?