Dec. 21st, 09
Acts 1:6 So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom? I’ve decided to continue with Luke’s thoughts. He was the author of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts, i
n fact references his gospel in verse one of Acts 1. I’ll be taking a few days off after Christmas, so will not be posting, but will be back with you soon thereafter. Thanks for reading, and for your comments.
The book of Acts opens with discussion about the 40 days that Jesus spent with t
he disciples before he was taken back to heaven. There were preparations made, and promises of the Spirit to be given…and he talked to them about the Kingdom of God. (vs3). Then comes this verse, and I have to wonder why they still don’t get it? Are they still so blinded that they can’t see that the Kingdom he’s been discussing doesn’t have any political agenda? And of course I have to ask…do we get it? We so easily fault the disciples for their lack of faith, or lack of understanding, or willful defiance maybe, but I have to wonder if we’d be any different.
Yes, they were with him for 3 years, and yes, they sat at his knee and heard him teach, and yes, they saw him killed, and later alive, and yes, they were receiving the promised Holy Spirit at this very time…so why can’t they figure out that the Kingdom he’s talking about has nothing to do with their freedom from Rome, or their hope that Israel might one day again be a regional, even national power force?
And then I have to remind myself…I’ve been ‘with’ Jesus way longer than 3 years. I’ve maybe not seen as dramatic miracles as they did, but I’ve seen some. I may not have seen Jesus physically dead or alive, but I’ve experienced him way longer than they lived, and I know I still don’t get it. I’m afraid my personal (and sometimes political) agenda gets in the way of what Jesus really wants to do with me, or be with me! I know that I hold my preconceived ideas of how Jesus ought to operate, and seldom does my expectation match His reality. I know that many who bear his name still don’t get that he’s the ultimate “free agent”, doing as he wishes, even with us! I know that I’ll never figure out the full extent or intent of His Kingdom…but I wish I could get a bit further past my own limited agenda, and get more in line with his!