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Acts 2:42, “The believers continued to devote themselves to what the apostles were teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to times of prayer.”
AD. 33, Acts Chapter 2, The Communion Of The Saints
The Emmaus Road experience has come and gone. The disciples are told by Jesus in Luke 24:49, “”And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”
Then, Jesus gives a blessing to the disciples and ascends up into Heaven. After they worship Jesus, the disciples return to Jerusalem. They continue praising God in the temple. (Luke 24:50-53)
50 And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. 51 Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.
From Bethany, the disciples, after going to Jerusalem from Bethany, do as the Lord Jesus commanded them to do, “stay and wait.”
Acts 1:4,”On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.”
Jesus tells the disciples that, after they have received the power of the Holy Spirit, they are to be witnesses throughout the world.
Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere–in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Jesus had previously given the disciples the same great commission. Matthew 28:19-20.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
The disciples returned to Jerusalem, a Sabbath Day’s Journey, Acts 1:12.
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. A “Sabbath Day’s Journey” was the distance that a faithful Jew could travel on the Sabbath Day (about one half of a mile) in keeping with the teaching of Exodus 16:29. A Sabbath Day’s Journey was also the longest distance that anyone had to walk to the Tabernacle on the “Sabbath.” (Joshua 3:4, Numbers 35:5).
The disciples entered into an upper room, where they may have had the Passover meal with Jesus. Acts 1:13. Notice that all of the remaining 11 disciples/apostles are named.
When they had entered the city, they went up to the upper room where they were staying; that is, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James.
The disciples and apostles, one hundred twenty of them, in one common purpose began to pray. Acts 1:14-15. This unity of prayer continues for ten days. (Acts 1:3, Jesus was seen by many for 40 days after His resurrection, and then ascends to Heaven. The disciples pray until the Day of Pentecost, which was fifty days after the Sabbath of the Passover week. (Lev 23:4-7,15-16).
14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. 15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), …
Matthias is chosen to replace Judas Iscariot as an Apostle. (Acts 1:16-26).
The Day of Pentecost arrives (the first day of the week). As was foretold by Jesus, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the disciples. Its empowerment would soon follow. (Acts 2:1-13)
The restored Apostle Peter (Luke 24:32, John 21:15-17) stands before an amazed and perplexed (Acts 2:12) Jewish audience and preaches the first gospel message of the Christian dispensation, (Acts 2:14-36). His final statement was firm and stabbing.
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah!”
The message of the Apostle Peter, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, had phenomenal results (Acts 2:41, “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”
We can see that those who were baptized, were those who “gladly received his word. In addition to the 120 believers in the upper room, who continued for ten days in a common prayer effort, three thousand unbelieving Jews accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and therefore became, “believing Jews.”
So here we are with the aftermath of the events of Pentecost. We see in the report of these “believing Jews” (Acts 2:42-47)
The believers in Christ in Jerusalem maintained a fellowship that included a devotion to the teaching of the Apostles, the breaking of bread (as we have discussed was a meal, which included a remembrance of the death of Jesus on the cross), a fellowship with one another, and prayers (they couldn’t omit that which was so successful in the events which led to this point ‘Acts 1:14’). They had a common love for one another and shared with those who were in need. They continued to meet in the temple, but also met as believing Jews in their homes, where they also “broke bread,” and remembered the death of Jesus on the cross. Their praising of God continued, and these believing Jews began to have added favor with unbelieving Jews. As a result, the church, the body of Christ, grew. The growth was through the addition of those newly believing Jews, “who were being saved.” Now, let’s consider the math of this whole equation. One hundred twenty believing Jews prayed for ten days. Three thousand unbelieving Jews became believers in Christ on the tenth day. My question to you is this: “Is there anything that God can’t do?”
Now, let’s worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus, Immanuel, God With Us. (Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:18-25)
Holy Are You Lord
Our church meets each Friday at 6:30 PM. We have a time of prayer, worship and praise. Sermons of teaching and preaching follow. Each week we conclude our service by having a fellowship meal, in which we remember the death of Jesus on the cross, which is The Communion of the Saints. Please join us.