Video Discussion Q+A
1) Why does Luke tell us at the beginning of Acts about what Jesus ‘began’ to do and teach? Why is that Important?
– Luke tells us this because even though Jesus is about to leave this world and enter into heaven, he is still with his disciples and is still doing his work through them. Jesus still works in the book of Acts and he does it through the hands of his disciples and the power of the Holy Spirit with them.
2) How does Jesus show his apostles that he was really and truly alive? What does Luke say in verse 3?
– Luke says he showed them he was really alive by many ‘proofs’. Some of those could be when he showed them his hands and feet, had them touch him, ate fish with them in Galilee, etc… Either way, Jesus was with them for 40 days before he ascended to heaven and was teaching them about the kingdom of God.
3) What did Jesus tell the Disciples to wait for in Jerusalem?
– He told them to stay in Jerusalem and wait for ‘the promise of the Father’. This promise is the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was promised in the Old Testament to come with the new covenant (Jer 31, Ezekiel 34).
4) When the disciples asked if Jesus was going to restore the kingdom now, did Jesus answer their question? (Why or why not?)
– Jesus did not directly answer their question. Instead, he pointed them to the fact that they would be his witnesses first in Jerusalem and then to the entire world. That is how the kingdom was going to be expanded.
5) What do the angels tell the disciples when they stand watching Jesus go into heaven?
– They asked the disciples why they kept looking up to heaven. This was probably because Jesus had just told them there was work to be done. The Angels promise the disciples that Jesus was going to come back in the same way that he came into heaven. So, they should go about proclaiming the good news before his return.