The gospel spread undeniably fast and with supernatural power. These disciples, who once were cowardly and full of doubts, now fearlessly proclaimed that which they were painfully sure of.
The transformation of the disciples is huge evidence of the Resurrection. Seeing Jesus again, watching Him float up to heaven, then receiving the Holy Spirit made them the boldest kind of bold.
“He is with us and He is powerful.”
Nowadays we can look around and sigh a little about how meek the gospel seems to be. The Christian population went from 500 to 500,000 between 33-100AD. This was the most important news in the history of mankind. It still is! So what’s changed?
In America, we’ve really watered the gospel down to a set of party pooper rules and freedom from things we don’t really hate. Is God still with us? Is He still powerful? YES. Are we still aware of this and unafraid? NO.
Consider, however, the fact that 2000 years later we are still reading this story and still (hopefully) experiencing His Holy Spirit. He has infiltrated the generations before us and as Keith Greene would say, “This generation of believers is responsible for this generations souls.”
If the gospel seems unimportant to you, talk to God about it. Ask Him to help you open your eyes and see His mercies anew!
I’m here to tell you, miracles, healing, resurrections, prison breaks, etc are still happening. The gospel is still full of power and people are still fearlessly endangering their lives for the sake of it every day around the world. It remains the most important news of all time.
Look up Voice of the Martyrs for some of these stories. Preach the gospel to yourself and consider:
The God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, Daniel, Isaiah, etc. has fulfilled everything He said He would. He’s defeated death and made us His children. He blessed us to be a blessing to the nations and He loves us. He is WITH US. Jesus is victorious and we Gentiles get to benefit from all His glories too!