Okay, so we have reached the end of this chapter, and the end of the Book of Acts. So let’s look at what Luke did and didn’t emphasize in his conclusion. Maybe we can see what Luke (and the Holy Spirit, who inspired the writing) intended for us learn in the Book of Acts.
You see, in my mind, Luke was never interested in simply reporting the disasters. For example, God did not choose to include an account of the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. here, or in any other New Testament Book. If there were ever a New Testament Book where you would expect to hear at least the mention of the fall of Jerusalem, it would have been here.
Now granted, if Acts was written around or before 62 A.D., Luke could not write about the destruction of Jerusalem because it had not even happened yet. However, if God believed that we needed to know about the fall of Jerusalem, He could have delayed the writing of Acts until after this monumental event. Or at least, God could have provided some other work in the canon of the New Testament which described this tragic event.
We might be a little disappointed that an account of the fall of Jerusalem is not found in Acts or anywhere else in the New Testament. You see, for me, the conclusion of Acts is rather anti-climactic because there seems to be so much missing.
We still have memorials for the anniversary of 9/11 and the death of nearly 2,800 people. I mean it was a terrible tragedy, but did you know that more Jews died in the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. than that? As a good friend reminded me, many more Christians and Jews have been (and currently are being) tortured and murdered around the world, yet we don’t hear about it in the news, nor do many believers even think about it. I think it had more to do with Luke having something more important to describe than the fall of Jerusalem.
Let me say this a little differently, Luke is not nearly as interested in reporting the disasters and dark side of life, as he is in proclaiming the good news of the gospel. The fall of Jerusalem was a terrible tragedy, but it does not affect us directly today, not nearly as much as the judicial hardening of the Jews and the beginning of the times of the Gentiles.
Luke is also not interested in reporting about the “rich and famous.” Luke has more to say about Publius, his family, and his neighbors than he does about Caesar, who is mentioned only once in Acts 28. No wonder Paul writes,
Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, so that no one can boast in his presence. He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord” —I Corinthians 1:26-31
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