Jesus’ Last Day on Earth

Jesus’ Last Day on Earth

Acts 1:6-11 (ESV) ~ So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

 

The disciples came together again. This is apparently a different occasion, a specific time planned by Christ when we would ascend back into heaven. He must have arranged for the apostles to gather all the disciples together (over 500) at one location.

 

We see in verse 6 that the disciples were still looking and thinking in terms of an earthly, physical kingdom. We must always remember that Christ is going to set up His kingdom, but it WILL be in His timing, not ours. It is not for us to know all things that He is doing. We must trust and believe and take Him at His Word. The concern of us as believers is not reward, not a carnal craving for …

  • Position and influence
  • Authority and power
  • Money and possessions
  • Recognition and prestige
  • Rule and reign
  • Material and physical

 

The believer’s concern is to be service and ministry, proclaiming the glorious salvation of Christ and meeting the cry of a world buried in desperate needs. Christ is direct, rebuking those who wish to pry into areas such as the timing of the Lord’s return and the setting up of His kingdom upon earth. Christ had said that even He doesn’t know the timing.

 

So, if we are not to be concerned with focusing on things that God is taking care of, what are we as believer’s to be doing? WITNESSING – THE GREAT COMMISSION.

 

The believer’s equipping power was to be the Holy Spirit. The disciples had asked about the kingdom, but Christ wanted them to focus on the here and now. The disciples were to receive power, but no the power of this earth, not the power of … position, recognition, supervision, fame, wealth, politics. Their power was to be spiritual and supernatural. It was to be the very power …

  • Of God Himself
  • Of the Supreme Being of the universe
  • Of His presence
  • Of His Spirit

 

2 Corinthians 10:4 (ESV) ~ For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.

 

Jeremiah 1:10 (ESV) ~ See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

 

When God calls, He equips.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
{pastorandy@cvcog.church}

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