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Luke / Acts – A model for mission (2)

From Luke 9:51 onwards everything in this book is focussed upon Jerusalem. Acts starts the story in Jerusalem and everything, from there, is focussed upon the world.
Schematically, one could illustrate this development in the following way:

To really understand what the author Luke is trying to accomplish, one has to understand the larger structure of these two books.
The Gospel of Luke tells us the story of what Jesus had come to do on earth. The climax of this story, obviously, is the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ (which happened in Jerusalem.)
The Gospel ends with the words in Luke 24:48-49: “You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city (Jerusalem) until you have been clothed with power from on high.” In other words, Luke ends with the command from Jesus that they have become witnesses of what they had seen. The book of Acts starts with the same command (Acts 1:8 ) and tells us how the church accomplished this mission.
Or it could be said in another way: The Gospel of Luke tells us what Jesus had done. The book of Acts tells us what Jesus did and will do through His church in the world.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008 Posted by | Church, Mission, Theology | 2 Comments