Jesus spent 3 years teaching about the kingdom of God, showing God’s love to those around Him, healing many, and discipling his chosen 12 apostles. At the end, He gave His life so that we could be saved. He paid the price for sin, which is death. Not only that, He conquered death. He rose again. Because of this, He can and does offer us eternal life. We do not deserve eternal life. We can not earn it. It is a gift of grace. We accept this gift by faith.
Jesus promises that He will never leave us. In fact He is in heaven acting as our attorney. He gives us the Holy Spirit as our comforter and guide to lead us to the truth. Did you catch that Jesus is a GIVER? He gave his life. He gives eternal life to all who believe in Him. He gives us the Holy Spirit. He gives us freedom, love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, self-control, wisdom, talents, work to do, reason to live, friendship, hope, new life… and so much more!
After Jesus rose again, he appeared to many of his disciples. Then, while they watched, he ascended to heaven. He commissioned the believers to tell others about the good news of salvation. They did exactly that.
The following lessons are about how the first church completed that commission. We too have the same job to do. We are to tell others about God’s love and His gift of salvation.