This morning at 2:00 a.m. my anxieties decided to pay me a visit. They came as a group. They didn't even bother to knock at the front door, but let themselves right in. They marched right up to my bedroom and woke me up.
In this chapter, Jesus reveals the secret to unending and supreme joy: Abide in Him. I am often struck by this word abide. To abide means to dwell or live in a particular residence.
When my oldest grandson was four years old, I had to simplify my phraseology when I spoke with him. I remember a time when he was writing songs. He had an electric piano on which he composed his masterpieces.
When Jesus called John and James, they were in their father's boat mending their nets. Those fishing nets always needed repairing. The knots had to be tied and retied. Fraying rope had to be replaced. Sometimes a new rope had to be rethreaded through the entire net to replace a weak and breaking one.
As Jesus washed the disciples' feet, Peter sought to stop Him. "You shall never wash my feet!" No doubt Peter thought this was a noble gesture on his part. He might have been a bit put off that the other disciples would allow Jesus, their Rabbi and Master, to lower Himself to such a position! Hadn't John the Baptist said that he was not worthy to loose the sandal strap of Jesus? Yet, here is Jesus washing their feet!
"Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." Luke 12:40
Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him" (Matthew 8:6-7).
"If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:31-32).
Moses sent twelve spies into the land that God had promised to the children of Israel. He had instructed these men to observe the people, the land, and the cities. The spies returned after forty days. In their hands, they carried clusters of grapes, pomegranates, and figs. The people were encouraged!
It seems to me that Acts 1 is not only a chapter, but also a state of Christianity. The disciples' demeanor in this first chapter is akin to the condition of many believers' attitudes today.