Saw a quote today that I really liked from a British author – “All we can do is keep telling the stories, hoping that someone will hear. Hoping that in the noisy echoing nightmare of endlessly breaking news and celebrity gossip, other voices might be heard, speaking of the life of the mind and the soul’s journey.” — Jeanette Winterson
That pretty much sums up what I’m going to be doing with my writing, hopefully letting you take a few minutes to get out of the daily grind of worthless news and focus on what’s really important…your study of Christ’s Word and how that will impact your life and the lives of the people you come in contact with each day. With that, let’s take a look at the next five verses in chapter 1 of Acts.
6 When they were together for the last time they asked, “Master, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now? Is this the time?”
7-8 He told them, “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.”
9-11 These were his last words. As they watched, he was taken up and disappeared in a cloud. They stood there, staring into the empty sky. Suddenly two men appeared—in white robes! They said, “You Galileans!—why do you just stand here looking up at an empty sky? This very Jesus who was taken up from among you to heaven will come as certainly—and mysteriously—as he left.”
In these passages, Christ is really speaking to us. He’s telling us not to worry about tomorrow, or when Jesus will come again, just go out and tell the story to the ends of the earth. At the time that Jesus walked the earth, Rome was the center of their modern world and that’s where he was referring to by “the ends of the earth”. By the way you’ll see that is accomplished at the end of Acts. Think how hard that must have been. There weren’t any blogs or Facebook or Twitter or even newspapers. They had to tell it by the lost art of word of mouth. Real conversations. Not instant messaging. Not email. But sitting face to face and explaining what they witnessed. I’m really looking forward to the day when I will be able to sit face to face with the apostles and ask them all those questions that have popped into my mind as I’ve read the scriptures.
What the whole book of Acts reveals to us is our mission. It’s to finish the work on earth that Christ started. We don’t know how much time we have left to do that, but he’s telling us in these beginning verses, that is what He want us to do. Go spread the Good News to the “ends of the earth.” And that doesn’t necessarily mean quoting scripture verses to every person you meet. It means being Jesus to the people you come in contact with every day. That’s a big enough assignment for now. In the rest of Acts we’ll see how the apostles went about this task.