December 24 ~ Another Christmas Letter From Luke

John Singer Sargent | 1856-1925 | American painter, draftsman, sculptor, portraitist, muralist, watercolorist and guitarist | Padre Sebastiano | circa 1904 | 56.5 x 71.1 cms | 22 1/4 x 28 ins Watercolor on paper | Metropolitan Museum of Art | Manhattan | United States

•Another Christmas Letter From Luke•
“In my first book, (Luke), I told you about everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. During the 40 days after his crucifixion, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.” ~ Luke  (Acts 1:1-3)

•The Promise of the Holy Spirit•
Background @ Luke 24:49
@ Acts 1:4
The events in Acts span roughly thirty years, beginning after Jesus’ resurrection in AD 30/33 and ending with Paul in Rome in AD 59. Most of Paul’s letters were also written during this time. Once when Jesus was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before…”
Story @ Acts 1:4-8

•The Ascension of Jesus Retold•
Background @ Mark 16:19-20 | | @ Luke 24:50-53
@ Acts 1:4-8 (the promise of the HS)
@ Acts 1:9
After saying this, he was taken up in a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him.
Story @ Acts 1:9-11

•Waiting For the Holy Spirit•
Background @ Mark 16:14-18 | | Luke 24:44-49 (final instructions)
Acts 1:6-11 (the ascension of Jesus retold)
@ Acts 1:12
Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, a distance of half a mile.
Story @ Acts 1:12-26

•The Holy Spirit Comes•
Background @ Acts 1:4-8 (the promise of the HS)
Acts 2:1
On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place.
Note: The Festival of Pentecost came 50 days after Passover (when Jesus was crucified)
Story @ Acts 2:1-13

•Peter Preaches to a Crowd•
Background @ Acts 2:1-13 (the HS comes)
@ Acts 2:14
Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this.”
Story @ Acts 2:14-42

John Singer Sargent | 1856-1925 | American painter | Venetian Wineshop | circa 1898 | 53.3 x 69.9 cms | 21 x 27 1/4 ins | Oil on canvas | Credit: WebShots – John Singer Sargent

•The Believers Meet Together•
Background @ Acts 2:1-13 (the HS comes)
@ Acts 2:14-42 (Peter preaches to a crowd)
@ Acts 2:43
A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.
Story @ Acts 2:43-47
Painting – Venetian Wineshop | John Singer Sargent

~ §tacy §weeney