Today we are actually going to explore together a little deeper into your spiritual heritage. If you are non-Jewish and a Jesus follower, today we can trace your spiritual ancestry, your spiritual roots all the way back to our story in Acts 10, and you don’t need to give me a blood sample. Today in our Jesus Life series, we come to hugely crucial turning point in the Holy Spirit-driven drama of the early Church. In our story today the Holy Spirit blasts through one of the biggest barriers for the good news of the Jesus Life. In fact…our ancient story today has a direct connection with why each of you are here today.
Friends, deceit, denial, and pretending are so poisonous. They are poisonous to our relationships with God, to our relationships with each other, and in our relationship with our selves. Deceitfulness always poisons the blessings God has brought to our lives. Today in our story in Acts, God makes a dramatic point about how much truth and honesty matter to him and to the health of all our relationships.
In our time together today I want to bring some understanding to this very unusual scene. Then, once we have some understanding about what happened, I want to get very practical with you and review with you some additional teaching regarding how you are I can learn to cooperate with the Spirit’s presence and leading in our lives. The Bible calls us to live The Jesus Life BY the Spirit and STAY IN STEP WITH the Spirit. I want to get very practical with what that looks like in our lives.
Have you ever wondered what these early Post-Easter Christians thought and felt as they began to get their arms around the reality that Jesus was, in fact, alive? Now they had the challenge of being the first ones to live out the Jesus Life, just as he taught them. What should they do? What did they do? The kids in the Easter video we played asked at the end, “Now what?” The book of Acts gives us the answers to these types of questions. It helps us to see what some of the first Christians did and how it went from a handful of believers in Jerusalem to a movement being declared to some of the highest officials in Rome and still being declared today. Turn in your Bibles to Acts 1 and we can pick up the historical account of what happened with Jesus and those who followed him…
The text we are resting in today takes us back to the very day the stone was rolled away from the tomb. The very day Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Jesus’ mother went to the tomb and instead of encountering Jesus’ body they encountered angels who informed them that Jesus was not dead but actually he was alive. All that morning the news quickly spread amongst the disciples that Jesus’ body was missing. The text this morning shifts from the events that took place that morning to the afternoon lets read it.