Acts Meditation 3:11-26 – Blessings of the Covenant

“25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’ 26 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.” – Acts 3:25-26

The crippled beggar who had been a permanent fixture outside the Temple, the Jewish centre of religion, was now standing and clinging on to the arms of Peter and John. The “men of Israel” were astounded. So Peter preached to them, not about the healing of this crippled beggar, but the healing of the people of Israel. 

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Acts Meditation 3:6 – Faith unfolds beauty from suffering

J.J.

But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” – Acts 3:6

What did Peter have that this crippled beggar did not? Peter had faith in the name of Jesus Christ.

Here, at the gate called “Beautiful”, this man crippled from birth had been begging for money for years. He was not begging for beauty.

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Acts Meditation 2:42-47 – Disciples’ Devotion

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” – Acts 2:42.

What were believers of Jesus being saved to?

After Peter’s Spirit-led sermon on Pentecost, 3,000 souls were added. What were they added to? Luke describes the day-to-day scene of this new community of new believers living new lives.

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Acts meditation 1:21-22 – A Few Humble Witnesses

“21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us-one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” – Acts 1:21-22

“to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” – Acts 1:25

What was the main reason for the apostles to appoint a replacement for Judas Iscariot?

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Acts Meditation 1:10-11; 3:21 – King on Clouds

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“10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 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.”” – Acts 1:10-11

“[Jesus] whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.” – Acts 3:21

Why does it matter that Jesus should return to earth in the same way that He ascended to heaven? What is this “same way” anyway?

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Acts Meditation 1:6-8 – Whither the Kingdom?

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6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 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.” – Acts 1:6-8

Now that Jesus had shown Himself to be the Messiah-Christ, would He at this time finally restore the Kingdom of Israel? The disciples had in mind, still, an earthly kingdom. One with military and executive government, taxes and territory.

Jesus does not reject the question outright. It was a valid question. The Kingdom of Israel would eventually be restored. But the question was too narrow.

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Acts Meditation 1:4, 14 – Waiting for Promise

J.J.

“And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father…” – Acts 1:4

“All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” – Acts 1:14

Jesus ordered, not suggested, His disciples wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father.

In fact, Jesus had conveyed this promise before His crucifixion and after His resurrection (Luke 24:49). Why did the disciples have to wait for God to fulfil His promise? Surely, He could fulfil it in an instant?

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Acts Meditation 1:3 – The Disciples’ Journey

J.J.

He [Jesus] presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. – Acts 1:3

Three things Luke describes in this verse. Jesus presented many proofs of his resurrection. Jesus appeared to the disciples for 40 days. Jesus spoke about the Kingdom of God. Our doctor-writer must have meant to say something important here.

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