Morning Devotion: Read Acts 1

Acts 1:1  ¶The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

2  Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

3  To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

4  And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

Having celebrated the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ just a few days ago, this passage brings to light a very important message.

The Lord Jesus is alive. He is alive today and doing very well. He is in heaven waiting until the time is right to return for His believers.

Proof of that resurrection is apparent.

1 Corinthians 15:1  Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

2  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

5  And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

6  After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

7  After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

8  And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

Luke 24:13  ¶And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.

14  And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

15  And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.

16  But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

Luke 24:30  And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

31  And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

32  And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

My friend, if you know Jesus, the living Jesus, you will have that burning assurance in your heart that He lives.

We sing a song entitled “He Lives.” The end of the chorus to that song goes like this: “He lives, He Lives, salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.”

That is the evidence of salvation. 1 John 4:4  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

The religious christian is different from the believing Christian in that Christ lives within the heart of His own. You cannot categorize or measure or quantify that for it is solely of God. 

Do you have the living and true God dwelling in you? Christian, are you living as if He is living in you? He is alive today.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook