Around 32 AD, Saul received a commission from the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem and began to go to war against Christians. He invaded home churches, dragging men and women off to prison. All of the believers scattered throughout Judea and Samaria to avoid the persecution, that is, all except the apostles.
Why didn’t the Apostles flee, too?
Because Luke wrote both books, the storyline from the Book of Luke to the Book of Acts moves almost seamlessly together as if the two books were written as one. Luke records the words of Jesus in the Book of Luke —
“And behold, I am sending the promise of My Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)
And then —
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
The Apostles had been beaten, chained up, thrown into prison, and faced death threats before this outbreak of persecution. So, we have to assume that the Lord told the Apostles to remain in Jerusalem as His witnesses. They obeyed, performed their works there, and the Gospel continued to change lives.
Today, I prayed:
Lord, release Your anointed apostles on America’s cities. Send those who have seen You and are able to perform the signs of true apostles so that lives are radically changed in our cities. (Based on 1 Corinthians 9:1 and 2 Corinthians 12:12)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?
Join with me on Thursdays to fast and pray for America.