5 May 2016

Acts 1:6-11

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (v. 8)

Psalm: Psalm 24


The 40 days after the death of Jesus were an important time for the disciples to be together - a further vital part of their training. Many things happened that convinced them that Jesus was alive and with them. Interestingly what they talked about mainly during those days was the kingdom of God.

At the end of this time of transition it was clear that Jesus was no longer with them in any physical sense. The disciples came to terms with this together, realising they were on their own but with the promise of the Holy Spirit to help them (John 14:15-17, 25-26).

The challenge given to the disciples was daunting. They were to be witnesses for Jesus - as the ones who had 'witnessed' the Resurrection - not just throughout Judea and Samaria, but much further afield. Indeed, as far as they could imagine.

The task for modern Christians is, of course, still a worldwide one and the Christian Church of which they are members stretches round the globe, though many may still find it difficult to see themselves as part of a world Church with a shared mission.

To Ponder

  • In what sense do you, as an individual or with others, see yourself 'witnessing' to the set of values which Jesus represents?
  • Do you use the phrase "Jesus is alive"? If so, what do you mean by it?
  • To what extent do you see yourself as part of the worldwide Church? What can you do to increase that sense?

Bible notes author

Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce is currently Area Secretary for Asia and the Pacific in the World Church Relationships Office..