In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 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.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes,
1. Most of our worries are about the future.
Matt 19:23-27 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27 Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?”
Matt 20:21And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.”
Mark 13:3-4 And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?”
John 21:20-21 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”
The disciples were constantly asking Jesus how things would turn out and we continue to do the same. We want to be sure of what will happen or how something will turn out. This is not a new question. Everyone who has ever lived has been concerned about their future.
2. Our future includes His constant presence.
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Jesus promises that we will never be alone. We can always count on Him being with us.
Phil 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
When you are anxious about the future let the presence of God bring peace that makes no sense. Jesus is revealing himself to encourage us about our future.
3. Our future includes His overcoming power.
Acts 1:8 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.”
Jesus doesn’t ask them to do something overwhelming and impossible and then leave. He gives them the promise of power to accomplish all they were asked to do.
How would you think differently about your future if you knew there would always be enough power to overcome?
Mark 6:14-18 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Jesus conveyed a message of overcoming power to the disciples and He continues to convey the same message to us.
He is revealing himself daily to assure us that our future is secure. It is full of his presence and full of his power.
1. What stood out to you most from this week’s message?
2. “Most of our worries are about the future.” What are your feelings about the future? Have they changed during the current circumstances we are facing?
3. Does our trust in God change when he doesn’t answer all of our questions about the future? Do we still trust him when he doesn’t promise that things will work out the way we would like them to?
4. “Our future includes his constant presence.” How confident are we that God is with us in uncertain times? Can you describe a difficult time you felt his presence or a time that you didn’t?
5. Knowing that his presence is constant, how does this change your view of past situations when you felt like he wasn’t there?
6. “Our future includes his overcoming power.” How would you think differently about your future if you knew there would always be enough power to overcome anything?
7. What can we do to make sure that we are confident of God’s presence and power when the future seems uncertain?
8. What do you plan to do differently because of this week’s message?