What Jesus Began (Acts 1:1)

Luke wrote two books in our New Testament, the Gospel According to Luke and the book of Acts. In the opening of Acts, Luke says that his first book contains “everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day He was taken up to heaven…” Seems simple enough save for one specific word; began. The wondrous works of Christ for those first three years of public ministry are  merely the beginning. It seems all too easy to think of what Christ has done. But Luke is saying all that is important history however do not overlook the work that Christ is doing currently!

The Gospel is continuing. You are experiencing, or should be experiencing all the Christ is continuing “to do and to teach” to us even now. Just because He changed location (from earth to heaven) doesn’t mean He is through with the tutorial! Jesus is doing, Jesus is teaching, Jesus only began to do and teach in all that was recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. That is not the completion of his story – birth, life, crucifixion, and resurrection… His story continues beyond the ascension and unto eternity even past his second coming.

Are you open to the Gospel? Do not just read the words and think that was only for that period of time. That was the beginning. Join Christ now in His ministry, in His ongoing work and instruction. Observe Jesus at work in your life and the life of others; and even that will only be the beginning. Your salvation; just a beginning. Your baptism; another beginning. Your life in Christ, fresh every morning, renewed daily and being continually sanctified. Wake up each day ready to see what God is beginning in you and those you walk with on this pilgrimage on earth.

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