“In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.” Acts 1:1-2 (NIV)
Imagine you’re on an enormous cruise ship filled with thousands of people ready to depart on a trip across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to the UK. Now imagine your mom knows the ship’s captain and has arranged for him to give you a private tour before the ship departs. Because you have a special mechanical interest, the tour will be of the engine room – you want to see what makes the ship work. When the tour is over, the captain disappears up an elevator on his way to the bridge and you return to the deck of the ship to watch as it pulls away from the dock. As the massive floating city makes its way out of the channel, you rest assured that the captain, with whom you have a personal relationship, is in control and will safely guide the ship to its destination.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth to show and teach us how His kingdom will come about. His ministry was a complete tour of the engine room. He showed us how things work. His death on the cross as payment for our sin, and subsequent resurrection from the dead, established Him as king of God’s restored kingdom, which is to come upon His return. For now, Jesus has ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of God; just like the captain who went to the bridge to guide the cruise ship across the ocean. Jesus is now guiding His followers from His position next to God. Those followers are connected to Him through the working of the Holy Spirit inside every believer.
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