July 29 – His story: Man’s rescue – HIS story continues

Read Matthew 28:16-20 and Acts 1:1-11

HIS story did not end in defeat with the death of Jesus.  HIS story did not end on the victorious note of the resurrection of Jesus.  And, though His ascension seems like a fitting finale to the work of the Son of God, the book of Acts reassures us that all of that was but the beginning of His ministry and teaching (1:1).

Ascension of Christ by Garofalo 1520

Complete as all of that was in accomplishing the salvation of mankind, He continues to work through His Spirit-empowered followers.

His ministry continues.  HIS story is not yet over.

There is a message to carry.  A message of salvation from the ravages of sin and its consequences.  A message of the sinless Son of God who became flesh and dwelt among man (Jn. 1:14).  A message of a cross and an empty tomb.  A message of forgiveness and faith.  This message is to be heralded in all the nations…from Jerusalem throughout Judea into Samaria and reaching the most distant parts of the earth.

There are people to baptize.  Not everyone.  Just Christ followers.  Not as a means of salvation.  But as a visible symbol that salvation has come.  Not to the praise of man.  Instead, to the praise of the triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Baptism is a biblical means by which believers go public with their faith.

There are truths to teach.  The truths include all that Jesus had commanded.  We are talking about more than polished PowerPoint lectures where a teacher stands before an audience of people sitting in rows who fill in outlines.  This is transformational teaching where people allow the word of God to filter from head to heart to hands.  It is teaching from a pulpit or podium, in a classroom or living room, over the Internet or a cup of coffee, with a congregation or with a child.  Practical truths must be shared in countless ways.

Although Jesus is now in heaven, HIS story is not yet over.  His ministry continues…through people like you and me who are indwelt and empowered by the Spirit of God.

Steve Kern

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