What a chapter! What a day!
An unheard of miracle that foreshadows the spread of the gospel to all the world and the fellowship that transcends frontiers and cultures. Like in Joel everyone receives God’s Spirit, young as well as old, women and men alike, slave and free, the Spirit bursts all human categories. Indeed death could not hold him down – Jesus lives in his people, the work continues!
Is it now you’ll begin to reign? Yes, but not in a tawdry political kingdom. Jesus is lord and Messiah (king), not by popular vote, but by declaration of God. No wonder there were 3000 converts that day!
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
That couldn’t last, once Jesus return proved to be more than a few years off, they had to get haircuts and real jobs 🙁
But what a shame we’ve lost so much of that sense of togetherness in God…