Archive for February 2008

Acts 1

February 23, 2008

In Acts 1, there is a brief synopsis of Jesus’s appearances after the resurrection, a description of the punishment meted out to Judas, and a description of the replacement of Judas with Matthias.

  • The post-resurrection events are described as occurring over 40 days
  • Jesus commanded the disciples to wait in Jerusalem to receive a baptism of the Holy Spirit
  • The disciples wanted to know whether Jesus would restore the Jewish kingdom, but Jesus refused to answer directly
  • Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit would give them power and that they would witness for Him
  • Jesus was then whisked from the Mt. of Olives into the sky. Two men clad in white promised that He would return similarly

The full list of disciples is presented: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James bar Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas bar James. These stayed in an upstairs room, along with “the women,” Jesus’s mother Mary, and Jesus’s brothers. The movement is still tiny, amounting to 120 men.

Judas’s betrayal is portrayed as wickedness and his punishment is said to be that he bought a field only to fall headlong, causing him to be disemboweled. The field was called the Field of Blood. Peter explained the death of Judas as having been foretold in the Book of Psalms and that Psalms also required a successor to be chosen.  Using lots, they chose Matthias and not Joseph son of Sabbas aka Justus to be the 12th apostle.

Notes

1. The disciples question to Jesus was whether He would restore the kingdom Israel, so their minds are on earthly things.