Summary: Sermon on Following up with our life, after Easter is over. Acts 2 gives us the road map on what to do and when to expect those signs and miracles from God.
Here we are, two weeks after Easter, the crucifixion is over, the resurrection is over, sort of. At least all the celebration is over, too bad for that. We have studied about the Road to Emmaus and the two men who met Christ there. Those two men that were quiet, and heartbroken and thought that they had lost all hope. But there, on that dusty road, on that long quiet walk, was the man they all had put their hopes on. And they and all of humanity were redeemed. Well, it is time to go on, go on with our lives, go on with our programs, go on with our work, and our play, and it is spring time, so we get into sports, soccer, baseball soon we all think about summertime, vacations and all that. (Pause)
Where did we leave our Savior? Along that road? Where is He? Is He is our life? Is He in everything we do? Is He a part of our existence, our breathing? Is He an integral part of our family and our thoughts? He is supposed to, we know that, but is He?
Our Scripture focus for today is found in the book of Acts, chapter 2. If you could turn to that page in your Bibles, we can read it again, together. Verse 42 begins, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved”.
There we are! It is pretty plain if we truly expect to experience Jesus Christ in our life, if we truly wish to have Him be a part of us, our thinking, our family, our everything. If we truly want those miracles, those signs from God, those wonders that scripture speaks about, what are we to do? It looks to me, like two things! Only two things!
First, “they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching” and second, they devoted themselves to “fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer”. Did you know it was that simple? Did you know that those simple things affect everything in our lives? Did you realize that lives devoted to the teachings of Christ are changed forever? Did you know that God calls the followers of His Son, our Savior, to spending time together, eating together and praying together? His Word doesn’t lie, and it is easy to read, although I admit, we often forget to follow through after Easter is over.
But here we are, with those words right in front of us. God waiting on us like an child waiting for an ice cream cone. Wanting to see if we truly want Him to be a part of our life. Waiting to see if this year it is going to be different.
I admit, it took a while for the apostles to get the point. It took Thomas to see and touch the holes in his hands. It took the travelers hours to recognize their Savior as they walked and talked with Him. But what about us? We have the accounts of hundreds of people. We have the scriptures that have not been proven wrong in 6000 years or more! What is it that we need? Are we waiting for something different? Are we waiting for the pillar of fire in the sky? Are we waiting for darkness to come in the middle of the day? Because let me tell ya, if we are, we are going to be sorely disappointed if our lives haven’t changed on that day.
Do you want to see the signs and wonders that God’s Word speaks about? Well I think it is possible, even probable that those things do and can happen right in front of us. But wait, there’s more! Just like the commercial that sells you what ever it is that you think you need, at an amazing discounted price, but wait, if you act now, you get two for the price of one! Except in this case, the key phrase is “if you act now”. If we go back to that scripture verse, the order that things happen is very important. FIRST the believers of Christ devoted themselves to the teachings of the apostles. And second, they devoted themselves to fellowship with each other. That means they spent their free time together. They laughed together, they ate together, they learned together, and they prayed together? And what happened? The signs and wonders, the healings, the miracles. The acts of God in their specific lives. God showed up.