gone with a message

They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going… (Acts 1:10)

The same people, who witnessed the horrified crucifixion and death of Jesus on the cross, bore witness to His resurrected presence days later.

While Jesus was back from the dead in person, it seemed like a time of relieve for the disciples. It was about 40 days Jesus stayed with them and would have told them lots and lots of things before leaving them. Did anybody take note of what He said? Well, some did but perhaps not all. Just when many were clearing their doubts about Jesus’ identity and trying very hard to understand death and resurrection and the kingdom of God the way Jesus wanted them to understand – off He goes back to heaven!

Now right before their eyes Jesus was lifted up!

Some of them might well be thinking – “Hey wait! You didn’t say when you were leaving!” God waits for no man. Right – So Jesus was taken up back to heaven. That was it.

Jesus did not even prepare questionnaires and feedback forms to check if the disciples were paying attention. No exams to show who had been sleeping in classes. Perhaps our schooling system should follow Jesus’ method.  The man with the vision leading the way, we just need to follow His example.

It was obvious the disciples were not expecting what they had seen. Now that Jesus’ gone the best they could have done is try to recall what He said. So the disciples tried their best of efforts to do so.

Now apparently Jesus had taught them many things and what to do with all the knowledge and information?  Take note, have a record – so various books of the New Testament were produced.

The best thing that had happened to Jesus’ message is to pass it on. Remember what Jesus said and pass it on. There is no need to re-invent the wheel, no need for hype. All the world need to hear is Jesus’ message as He had taught and spoken.

Let’s remember and recall what Jesus said and taught.

It was no surprise the death and resurrection of Jesus was much preached about – unreserved and boldly – as recorded in the times surrounding the Book of Acts. That was the early Christians’ main mission – preach Jesus and testified to His death and resurrection.

There was no church building like what we have today, no pulpit, no over-head projector, no priestly vestures – but Peter preached Jesus. Religious establishment were enraged and imposed gag order – but Peter continued to preach Jesus.

Peter preached Jesus so much he forgotten about fishing. God bless his soul – much fishes were brought to him instead. So the word of God was magnified. As the Lord promised in times of old –

“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14)

No doubt there were resistances to the preaching of Jesus’ message but the word of the Lord will continue as promised.

From the times of Adam there have been resistances against the word of God. Till today where the Gospel has been preached round the world and the Bible translated into various languages – we should not be surprised to see even more resistances.

As according to the measure of man’s unwillingness to obey – we can estimate the level of resistances against the word of God. Its a daily choice to obey or reject Jesus.

So how do believers continue then?

A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

The Word of God Stands Forever

A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it;surely the people are grass.

The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:3-8)

Resistance against the word of God comes in all shape and form. Some are violent and aggressive leading to bloodshed. Some are subtle and deceiving. It usually those subtle and deceiving type which are complex in nature and difficult to deal with.

In our age and time, we live in a world shape by false sense of peace and security – financial freedom promised by our world system run by the dollars and cents. People become economic subject.

Our generations’ media are bombarded by Forbes list of rich and famous – the youth have certainly caught the vision. China is one country where we see people relentlessly pursue wealth and worldly success at the cost of disregards for human value – food poisoning due to company deliberate neglect on quality over profit, military oppression against ethnic groups for land acquisitions.

Human greed and covetousness fuels resistances against humility unto the word of Jesus. China’s greed for power and materials has driven themselves to madness and lawlessness.

The disciples of Jesus did take note while Jesus was lifted up, He left them with sound instructions which leads to real peace and blessing in the Lord.

Let’s remember and recall what Jesus said and taught.

So the disciples watch and pray and preached Jesus. As they watch for the return of Jesus, they prayed. As they prayed and expected the return of the Lord, they preached Jesus.

The peace and security of our God was among them, even for those who perished in the Lord. God blessed their souls.

The command and prophesy of God which came upon Isaiah, not only was fulfilled in John the Baptist – the same mandate was carried on by the early Christians as well. This same mandate should have continued in our time as well.

As we carried on our faith in the Lord in the midst of resistances, wherever and whenever we may be –

Let’s remember and recall what Jesus said and taught.

 

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