Not overthrown, but changed

I was reading Acts 1 this morning. This is commonly titled, “The Ascension of Jesus”.

Acts 1:6-11 – 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!”

In this passage Jesus was with the Disciples and then He ascended to heaven before their eyes. Two men in white appeared and told them Jesus had gone, but He would be back one day.

The interesting thing I found was that the disciples asked Jesus when He was going to overthrow the Roman oppression and restore the Kingdom on earth (v1). That is what they wanted to know.

As important as that was, Jesus had a bigger picture. He was interested in changing the world, not just one location. Not only the world at that time, but all the time in between until He came back.

Jesus told them to wait in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit came. When the Holy Spirit came they would have new power to share Christ with others.

God’s plan has always been about salvation and mankind spending eternity with Him. He moved heaven and earth when Jesus came. He sent the Holy Spirit to reach out to us. He stretches His hand out to us today.

God loves you and He wants to be a part of your life right now. He also wants you to spend eternity with Him.

I would encourage you to visit my “Peace with God” page right now to make your connection with God. You can find it here.

God Bless,
Dave