Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
Jesus’ emphasis on proving himself genuine and teaching on the Kingdom catches on after Jesus ascended into Heaven. The book of the Acts of Jesus opens with this twofold message, when Jesus spent 40 days with his disciples in Acts 1. There are two more powerful expressions of this same dual theme in the Acts of Jesus.
Look at the work and teaching of Philip in Acts 8. Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming the Messiah to them. When they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus, the Messiah, they were being baptized, men and women alike. (Acts 8:4-5, 12)
Now, look at Paul, who lived in Rome toward the end of his life: When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening. And again Luke says Paul was preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus, the Messiah with all openness, unhindered. (Acts 28:23, 31)
There are 28 chapters in the Acts of Jesus. Many times I’ve asked audiences to turn in their bibles to Acts 29 and, of course, they can’t find it. The book of theActs of Jesus is so useful in illustrating how we as followers of Jesus can relate to him without his being right in front of us. It’s very practical and it’s clear that we can continue to experience the presence of Jesus through the indwelling Spirit. In my opinion, Acts 29 is a positive reality for us today! Acts 29 is our opportunity to continue practicing the presence of Jesus today and for the rest of our lives!
This is why I ask Jesus a question every morning. I say, “Jesus, what do you have for me to do today?” And several times throughout the day, I say, “OK, thanks for being with me so far and getting me through another day, so ‘What’s next?'”
My life purpose is shaped by the twofold message of the Acts of Jesus. I want to advance the conversation of Jesus and the Kingdom to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see in order to bring about transformation and reconciliation to our world.
There is no better topic for conversation than Jesus and the Kingdom of God. So, what are you talking about?