One of the steps in regaining the strength of your legs during recovery is walking regularly, not staying still. While this is not a perfect analogy to use, it helps us understand Luke’s motivation in writing to his friend, Theophilus. In Luke 1, he explained that Jesus’ work on the cross is complete and perfect. Jesus is now reigning in heaven, and the Holy Spirit is continuing the work here on earth. He has made us his witnesses and given us His command to “go and make disciples” all over the world (Matthew 28:18-20). There are a few things we need to pay attention to.
Firstly: What Jesus has done and taught must be preached by all believers with obedience (Acts 1:1-2). Jesus’ acts cannot be separated from His teachings. If what He has done were separated from what He taught, then the Gospel is no longer good news.
Secondly: Since Jesus has risen from death and is alive, death has been defeated. For the period of forty days between His resurrection and ascension to heaven, Jesus appears to His disciples and shows them that He is alive. Jesus, who has risen from death, is not just a spirit but has a resurrected body.
Thirdly: Jesus sends the Holy Spirit, whom was promised by the Father. The promise of the Holy Spirit’s coming has been fulfilled in Jerusalem, witnessed by a great number of people. The promised Holy Spirit will give power and authority to Jesus’ disciples.
Fourthly: Jesus has made His disciples and us to be His witnesses. As a witness of Christ, we bring light into this world, preaching that Jesus is the only Saviour of the world. Being a witness of Christ is a special task that God has given to us. He does not assign us to build Israel politically; our job as a witness of Christ is to build the Kingdom of God through the preaching of the Gospel. Building the Kingdom of God must be accompanied by the power of the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, we will only boast in ourselves and will not become effective witnesses.
Fifthly: Jesus has ascended to heaven and He will return. The disciples, who witnessed the ascension of Jesus, were reminded by the angel that He will be coming back. The most important thing for them at that time was to wait for the Holy Spirit to come to be with them as they become Christ’s witnesses all over the world.
In summary: Jesus has perfectly completed the work of redemption on the cross in Golgotha. He has risen from death, ascended to heaven, is seated at the right hand of God where He reigns, and He will come for those who believe in Him. The preaching of the Gospel does not stop with the early disciples, rather the baton of evangelism continues to be passed on until the end of time. Let us keep on walking in the preaching of Gospel, not stopping. How might you ‘keep on walking’ so that the gospel is made known? How might you live your life today so that the teachings and life of Jesus is realised in the way you interact with others? The Gospel should not only be preached inside a church building but should also be preached all over the world, because salvation and eternal life are only found in and through Jesus Christ. Soli Deo Gloria! (Glory be to God alone).