(skip to the * and start reading there, if you want this to make more sense)
Been reading through some commentaries lately, on the book of Luke (this year's quizzing materials). I'll be digging more through Luke throughout the school year, as we are also taking a look at it in our youth Sunday School class.
Because it had been on my desk for so long, I accidentally started reading a commentary on the book of Acts, though.
Reading through the beginning of Acts, with the understanding that it's kinda like the second book of Luke, has been pretty cool. To realize that, by saying what he does about Jesus in the beginning, he's setting this book up as "the continued works of Jesus Christ".
* We've probably heard before, that the New Testament is the story of the people of God entering into the Kingdom of God. That Kingdom is inaugurated at Christs' birth/life/death/resurrection, and then we see how it continues to take shape and transform the world throughout the rest of the story. From this perspective, we can also understand that as a time-line, we are still caught up in the midst of the New Testament. Most of the time when you hear someone say this, they refer to us being somewhere in the midst of the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. I like that too.
But to think of us being still invited to, and caught up in, the work of Jesus Christ as proclaimed in the book of Acts, is something a bit new to me. The fact that the "end" of the book is not quite an "ending"...but a "to be continued" in the lives of those who come after Paul....is pretty stinkin' exciting.
I've heard before, and I've even said before, "check out the book of Acts, see how they lived as the beginning of the body of Christ". To imply that we can be really inspired and motivated by how life after Christ was resurrected began to take shape in the communities that followed. I think that's a good implication to make.
But even more exciting is the fact that not only can we simply be "inspired or encouraged" by the quaint stories found in 2 Luke, but can actually find ourselves invited to the same Holy Spirit-empowered experience of Jesus continuing the work He began previously.....whew.
That's better than Cinnamon Toast Crunch for breakfast.
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