Luke divided his storytelling of Jesus’ life into two installments. Book One (The Gospel of Luke) describes the life of Jesus. In this volume, we read of Jesus’ entering our world as a nursing child, teaching with Spirt-resonating power, and healing people. We watch from a distance as bystanders mock Jesus on the cross. And as the words “He is risen!” sink deeper and deeper within us, we choose to believe that Jesus can forgive our sins as well.
Book Two (Acts) relates to the reign of Christ. We read how the Spirit was poured out upon waiting disciples and Gentile believers alike. The disciples speak with Jesus’ authority and heal many who are sick or demon-possessed. Jesus’ followers multiply, mature, and then scatter throughout the Roman Empire.
One event divides Luke’s two-volume account; the ascension of Jesus. this defining moment removes the limits of Jesus’ earthly ministry. In volume one, Jesus teaches and heals only those he can see and touch. Location limits his kingdom. But when Jesus is carried into heaven before the witnessing gaze of his disciples, a new era begins. Jesus speaks with authority, heals with compassion, and liberates the oppressed through those who follow him!
Luke’s second volume is a work in progress. Book Two is being written upon the pages of our lives as we allow the reign of Christ to continue to unfold through us. We remember Jesus’ ascension, the day when Jesus began to extend his kingdom through each of us. Meditate for a moment upon this turning point in Jesus’ story, in your story. Choose to let Jesus’ story continue through you today.
Lord Jesus, show me how you might speak, heal, or liberate through me this day. Amen.