It’s not every day that you watch someone who is a close friend taken up into the clouds before your very eyes. It’s not very often that you suddenly have two angels appear in front of you giving you instructions of what to do next. And it’s not every day that you see a miracle happen right under your nose. But imagine how you would feel if this did happen to you.
This was the experience of Jesus’ followers during a short period of time after he had been raised from the dead (Acts 1:9-11; 2:43). I can’t help but think that all of them would have been on a bit of a combined high. The Bible (New International Version) says, “They all joined together constantly in prayer” (Acts 1:14) in response to the first two events. In the case of the third the NIV says, “They continued to meet together in the Temple courts” (Acts 2:46). Some English versions say they were with one accord.
The original Greek of this passage uses the word homothymos which is a combination of the two words homo meaning ‘the same’ and thymos meaning ‘disposition of the mind or soul’. It was also used to describe the actions of an angry crowd in Ephesus when it grabbed the apostle Paul and rushed into the amphitheatre with him where they wanted him tried by the local authorities for discrediting their local religion (Acts 19:27-31). In each of these situations the attitude of mind was not gentle or subtle but quite passionate. A better rendering would be they acted ‘with the same passion’.
When God is truly at work by his Spirit we should expect there will be manifests signs of his presence, which will stir the hearts of his people to pray and to undertake acts of service in the name of Jesus. What a great church to belong to!
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