October 2, 2021
DAY 273: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today, we begin our journey through the book of Acts. Acts is often viewed as a sequel, or continuation, of the Gospel of Luke, for the same man authored both. Luke, the author, was a physician who gave up his life and profession in order to follow the Lord, and record Jesus’ life, and later, the life of the Apostle Paul.
Ask the Lord for His understanding of Acts 1-2. Then read Acts 1-2. Let’s journey!
The book of Acts, sometimes called Acts of the Apostles, picks up immediately after the end of the Gospel of Luke, which makes sense as the same man, Luke, authored both. Luke, a doctor who traveled with the Apostle Paul, focuses on the continuing work of Jesus Christ. Luke follows the beginnings of the early church, from the receiving of the Holy Spirit, to the first use of the word Christian, to the first church, to the first missionary journeys, and the first disagreements within the church. Through it all, however, the focus remains on Jesus Christ and fulfilling the commission He gave: to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
Acts 1-2: The book of Acts begins with the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven, to be with His Father, until His return to earth. The disciples chose Matthias to replace Judas, who died shortly after his betrayal, as an apostle. While celebrating Pentecost, which was celebrated 50 days after Passover, the Holy Spirit came over the disciples and they began speaking in tongues. Peter speaks and leads many to the Lord. (Acts 1:1-2:47)
After concluding today’s reading, consider the following: What happened in today’s reading? What examples were given of fulfilling Jesus’ commission? How are fulfilling Jesus’ commission to spread the Gospel? Do you look for opportunities in your everyday life? Do you hide your faith and relationship with Jesus Christ?
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