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One of the observations that blew my mind, when we were motivated to refocus on the life and teachings of Jesus, is that Jesus only mentioned the “church” on two occasions. On the other hand, Jesus taught about the Kingdom and its principles most often. Then, when you realize how Jesus opened his public teaching with specific reference to the Kingdom and that he ended his final teaching of his early disciples with an emphasis on the Kingdom, it’s clear what Jesus is all about. The conclusion that I came to was that Jesus is so much more about Kingdom living than I have ever taught or imagined.
We examined his first words yesterday.Now, let’s take a look at Jesus’ last words with his early disciples.
After the resurrection, Jesus gathered his early disciples together in Jerusalem. He had a three-fold purpose in mind. First-He presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days. Jesus felt the need to make certain that his disciples believed and were convinced that he was truly resurrected from the dead. NOTE he set aside 40 days to prove this to them.
Second-He also spent the 40 days speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. Jesus felt the Kingdom was so important that he wanted to spend that last several days with his disciples teaching them more about it.
Third-Along with convincing his disciples about who he is and teaching them as much as he could about the Kingdom, Jesus had one more purpose in mind for his last meeting with his disciples. He wanted to be sure to make the handoff from his personal care of the disciples over to the care and empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Here’s how it is written by Luke: Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,”He said, “you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
The new comforter or helper, the Holy Spirit, had been promised by the Father and explained by Jesus. Jesus expanded on this promise and teaching they had already been given by saying, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:3-8)
Follow the King and you’ll discover the Kingdom; embrace the Kingdom lifestyle and you’ll discover the King. Once you embrace the person of Jesus and Kingdom, you’ll be given the empowerment to take the message of Jesus and the Kingdom to the world by the Spirit!