Morning Devotion: Read Acts 1

Acts 1:8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

9  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

10  And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

11  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Not only did our Lord rise from the dead, He ascended into heaven. Imagine that, He ascended. This wonderful occurrence is recorded in several other New Testament passages as well.

Acts 1:2  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:

Mark 16:19   So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

Luke 24:50   And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 51  And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

Psalm 68:18  Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

The last words that Jesus gave to His servants was to go and witness the word of God. These must be very important words. When we meet with friends or family, upon leaving we usually say something like, “take care” or “be safe.” Our last words are caring, desiring the best for others.

The Lord’s last words were different for He knew what was in the world and what the world needed. The world needs salvation and that in Christ Jesus. The most important thing the world needs is a savior.

If we remember Matthew 28, we will see that Jesus left caring powerful words as well.

Matthew 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

God said if we go, He will be with us, the power of God will be with us. What more caring and powerful words can we have other than the Lord being with us with great power? There is no other.

Acts 1:8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

9  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

The resurrection is proof of life everlasting. The ascension is proof of God’s power to rapture us, bring us to heaven one day. Are you going?

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook