Summary: The recognition of the high call Jesus placed upon our lives and the equipping of the body to carry out these specifics with a promise from our Lord.
“Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people.”
The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
2. C.H. Spurgeon said, “If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;
Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
Acts 1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Acts 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Acts 1:10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
Acts 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
Goodbyes aren’t easy, especially if the one leaving will be gone long.
Ill—Babe Ruth said goodbye at Yankee Stadium, eaten up w/ cancer, and w/ tears he said goodbye.
Ill—Watergate hearings, Nixon said goodbye to his staff, walked across lawn, then said goodbye and waved again on Marine 1.
If you’ve ever said a final goodbye to a child, or a spouse, a sibling, a parent, you know how bad goodbyes can be…
In Acts 1 Jesus is saying goodbye to His disciples…for 3.5 years they’ve been intimately intertwined, thru good times and bad! He had changed their lives! They’d never be the same.
They spent 40 incredible days together after He arose…and now it’s time to say goodbye, He’s leaving, He’s going home…and He tells them to do His work in the meanwhile (v. 8) He has given them His great commission, to go into all the world with the gospel.
Luke, in recording the glorious Ascension of Jesus Christ is placing this actual and awesome event in its proper historical setting! -Something that stands out here in his Writings is the event itself, took place forty (40) days after the Resurrection of Jesus, the Christ and in the presence of eyewitnesses.
The number forty (40) appears to be a very significant number in the Bible – You ever wonder why? Let me explain forty (40) is the number of transition in the Bible! Every time the number forty (40) is given in the Word of God, God is getting ready to do something different!
(Ex)Noah and his "company" stayed in the Ark - the place of safety -for forty (40) days and forty (40) nights - then, God placed a rainbow in the sky - His symbol of Authority - to state that He would never ever destroy the Earth by flood again!