Dear RCF Sisters and Brothers,
If you lived in New Testament times and God wanted you instead of the disciple Luke to investigate and write the history of the early years of the Christian movement, what details would you choose to include or exclude? What principles or paradigm would guide you as you took quill to papyrus regarding the contents of your chronicle? Surely you could not include everything that was happening in the lives of the many thousands of individuals who heard the apostles’ message about Jesus being the Christ. Each of them had a personal story to tell about how they came to believe in Jesus, the subsequent transformation of their lives, and the tensions caused by their newfound faith in Him.
So, what would guide your quill as you recorded only a minute fraction of all that the Spirit of God was doing in those days. Luke does have a lens by which he chooses to include events in his written record. That lens was the words Jesus spoke to HIs disciples just before He ascended back into heaven. It had to do with the ethno-cultural and geographic expansion of the Good News about Him. As the Gospel moved beyond its current boundary into a new ethnic, cultural, or geographic group, it became documented in Luke’s history. Today we’ll look at the message of Jesus going global as this new community of His followers takes it to a God-fearing gentile who lives in Africa.