1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and
2 Until the day in which he was
taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles
whom he had chosen:
3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his
passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the
things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
4 And, being assembled together with
them,commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise
of the Father, which, saith he,ye have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall
be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6 When they therefore were come together, they
asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know
the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy
Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all
Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they
beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven
as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand
ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall
so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
We don't know much about Theophilus, but dr Luke wrote his
epistles to him. His name has a double meaning, "the one loved of God" and
"the one who loves God".
Jesus said of the pharisees, "do as they say, but don't do
what they do". Jesus was not like that. That was also why at the beginning of the
revival we emphasised this point that we need to live the Gospel.
Watch those who talk a lot. They are the ones who sin a lot.
Theophilus was hungry for the Gospel. He wanted to know how the
first church started and grew. So Luke first wrote about the foundation, how Jesus lived
and what He taught.
Can you also tell about God's work in your life and how it's
In his second letter, Luke decided to write about certain people
whom God used.
If Luke had to write about you, what could he write? Your life is
being recorded in heaven. What is being written about you?
Luke also wrote about Jesus' Ascension into heaven, for without it
there would be no outpouring of His Spirit.
In Acts Luke started after Jesus died and rose again, for Jesus is
the foundation of the church and the work done by His children is the work of God.
After Jesus was risen from the dead He revealed Himself to them
during a period of 40 days. But this time was different to the time before His death and
resurrection. Before His death and resurrection He had a body like ours. He got tired, got
hungry etc. After His resurrection He had a new glorified body, a heavenly body, a body
that would never hunger, never experience pain and weakness. He was no longer with His
disciples in the same manner He was with them before His death and resurrection.
He didn't have the same human limitations they had. If they wanted
to enter a room they had to enter through the door, but He entered and exited closed rooms
at will through the wall. He would appear at vastly different places and then disappear
again. At one time He revealed Himself to 500 at once.
He was however still recognizable as the same person as before.
We also see this on the mount of transfiguration that Moses and
Elijah could be recognised even though they had glorified bodies.
His glorified body was also not a spirit as He said to Thomas to
touch Him, and also at another time to the disciples to touch Him, when they were amazed
at Him appearing in a locked room.
Those days must have been wonderful, like in heaven!
During those 40 days their eyes and affections were fixed on Him
in His glorified body and they drank in every utterance from His lips. His words was like
the sweetest honey to them! Every word He uttered must have made the deepest impression on
them never to be forgotten again.
Finally He revealed Himself to them on the mount of Olives, the
very same mount where He sweated drops of Blood and suffered the deepest humiliation.
We will never in all eternity be able to fathom what He went
through when He drank that cup filled with our iniquities. Sin became so united with Him
that God His Father forsook Him and He cried out in anguish, "My God, My God, why
hast Thou forsaken Me". Oh, how He suffered even before He died!
He took His disciples back to this very place of humiliation, and
from here He ascended into Heaven, as conqueror over sin, death, hell and satan.
He had been rejected by men, so despised that no one even wanted
to look upon Him. Read Isaiah 53 to see to what extent He was rejected and suffered for
Here He ascended into Heaven in His sparkling glory. There was no
more fitting place for Him to ascend into heaven.
If we read in the Psalms it sheds light on what occurred during
5 God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises
unto our King, sing praises.
The greatness of the occasion must have drawn all the host of
heaven to applaud Him and praise Him with shouts of praise and jujulation, after all He
went through and conquered!
We lack eyes and ears and senses to comprehend the great victory
His victory is my victory. His glory is my glory too. We are
limited by our bodies to express this!
Do you realise that through His victory you are an heir of heaven?
It is said of JF Kennedy, president of America, that his small son entered while he was
with a foreign dignitary. His son simply waded to his father and jumped on his lap. Even
though other people, even important people, had to specially arrange a meeting with him
and then only for a small time, his son had no such limitations but had full access, being
So we are heirs of heaven and this right has been won for us by
Do you comprehend the greatness of the matter?
The servant of Elisha only saw God's host once the prophet prayed
that God would open his eyes. May God so open your eyes.
Have your eyes been opened to see that "God has gone up with
Do you see this? Are you united with the host of heaven and His
children in celebrating His conquest and victory?
The psalm we read continues as follows:
7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with
8 God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon
the throne of his holiness.
9 The princes of the people are gathered together,
even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is
What does this Jesus and His Ascension mean to you? Are you
oblivious to this and like the blind leading the blind? Or does this fill your heart and
soul and is your consuming passion that's continually renewing and changing your life?