In today’s (chronological) Bible reading… Acts 1-4; Psalm 110… we see how the early church continued what Jesus started.
The book of Acts, written by Luke (the Gospel writer), narrates the life of the early church.
Nearing His last moments with His faithful team – just before His ascension, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit, the invisible God, who serves as our Ambassador who convicts lost people… and counsels and empowers God’s people. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit are all One God, each with a distinct role. In the Old Testament, God the Father promised to send His Spirit for His people. In the New Testament, God the Son promised He would not leave His disciples to do His teachings alone; He would send the Spirit for His people.
Soon after Jesus ascended… about 10 days later, the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost. He washed over the early Christians and emboldened them to take a stand for Jesus. They stood tall and spoke boldly… not just in Jerusalem, but also in Judea, and in Samaria, and to the rest of the earth.
God’s empowering Spirit was not just promised to them then, but also to God’s followers since that day… through today. We can try to live each day on our own, or we can turn to the strength of God’s Spirit.
The book of Acts shows us what happened when the early church let the Spirit guide their steps.
He’s ready and willing to direct our steps, too.