The Ascension and the Hope of the Christian (Acts 1:1-12)

With this post, we start a series of posts that will walk through the book of Acts.  We will start with a short bit of intro, and then on into verses 1-12.

Acts 1:1-12

The book of Acts is, essentially, the second in a 2-volume work by the same author.  The author’s name is Luke, and, as you might guess, his first book is the Gospel of Luke.  Luke dedicates both his Gospel and Acts to a man named Theophilus.  Fittingly, then, Luke begins Acts with a reference to his Gospel.  “In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and teach…”  All that Jesus began to do and teach.  Well, if Luke was about all that Jesus began to do and teach, what is the implication that Acts is about?  Acts will probably be about all that Jesus continued to do and teach.  And so the scene is set for Luke’s second great work: The Book of Acts. Continue reading