Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Acts 1:6-11 NLT
[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?” [7] He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. [8] But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” [9] After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. [10] As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. [11] “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”

Reflection . . .

Jesus’ ascension into heaven after his resurrection and appearance to so many of his disciples gives us so much to think on. Here in verse 8 Jesus gives purpose to his disciples to continue on in ministry.

What was their purpose to be? Be witnesses for Jesus, telling people about him everywhere. He lists four key regions for them to focus on. Jerusalem; their homeland, Judea; their neighbouring region, Samaria; further afield and to a land looked down upon by their own race, and to the ends of the earth; as far as is possible to go.

What is our purpose as Jesus’ disciples today? To be witnesses for Jesus telling people about him everywhere — in our own country, neighbouring regions/countries, places not so close to home and to countries far away from home.