And so, our remarkable journey through the Acts of the Apostles comes to an end. Paul, the chosen apostle finally gets to Rome via a very eventful journey. He spends two years under house arrest and Luke ends his account with these words.
Paul lived two more years in Rome, in his own rented quarters, welcoming all who came to visit. He continued to proclaim to all the truths of God’s kingdom realm, teaching them about the Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, speaking triumphantly and without any restriction. (Acts 28:30-31 TPT)
I love how Luke ends his writing of this great book, but can I remind us how he started?
To Theophilus, the lover of God.
I write to you again, my dear friend, to give you further details about the life of our Lord Jesus and all the things that he did and taught. (Acts 1:1 TPT)
He finishes how he started, telling us that the most important message of his writing, is about
Jesus the Anointed One and His great Kingdom realm.
Centuries later, this same message is being proclaimed all over the world. The Kingdom of God is ever expanding, the Gospel Light is brighter and brighter, grace is abounding, churches are being planted, miracles are happening, believers are gathering to worship God passionately and the Acts of the Holy Spirit through His people are being multiplied in greater ways all over this great planet.
The doomsday prophets love to paint a negative or dark picture of what’s happening in the world today. Let us be like Dr Luke, let us tell everyone what God is doing.
Let us be a people who focus on the Acts of the Holy Spirit in our world today, witnesses of His mighty power, His leading and guiding into all that is happening and exploding around the world.
Let us be like Paul the apostle, proclaiming all the truths of God’s Kingdom realm and keep teaching everyone about Jesus triumphantly and with great boldness.
The Good News, the Gospel, is too good to keep to ourselves.
Let us be a people that no matter what circumstances we may find ourselves, even in prison, we would be those that the Holy Spirit would use to ACT with great power for the glory of our God.