Unlimited: The Cross Was Not The End
Dec 18, 2016 1299
In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach (Acts 1:1).
The words in the verse above are the ones with which Luke begins his second book about what Jesus did. This first book was of course the gospel that bears his name, and this second book is called the Acts of the Apostles.
The Gospel of Luke is about “all that Jesus began to do and to teach.” The Acts of the Apostles is about all that Jesus continued to do and to teach “after His suffering” (v.3).
What this means is that although His suffering for your sin (the atonement) is finished, Jesus’ work in this world and in your life is not finished yet. The story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is only the beginning of your own story, which He carefully continues to craft.
Jesus is alive! He is still at work today! His story is not a story of the past, but a story of today and forever! The Cross was not the end; it was only the beginning.
In the same way, Jesus hasn’t finished with you yet! He has chosen you to be part of His story. In God’s story, the things that seem to be the end are only the beginning, and they lead to eternal glory. – Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Is there someone you know who needs encouragement right now? Lift that person up before the Lord, and think of how you can best encourage him or her. Then go and do it.