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Few to Many

3 changes in the way Jesus worked after Pentecost.

Introduction

In April 2013, an article in the USA Today Money section reported that Apple's stock has been struggling. According to the article, "The Apple stock crash is reaching a historic order of magnitude, shaking the faith of investors who piled on in large part on Jobs' showmanship." Shares were down 44 percent and the crash has obliterated $291.2 billion in shareholder wealth.

What precipitated Apple's stock crash at that time? The causes may be complex, but the article focused on one primary factor—the death of co-founder Steve Jobs on October 5, 2011. Apple isn't the only company that has struggled in the absence of a successful CEO. Research has shown "the fact that a sick or dying CEO is generally a big problem right away for stocks." The article noted that when a CEO leaves a company the "short-term shock" turns into "long-term disappointment."

In contrast, the last time Apple was in serious trouble Jobs was there to move the company forward with fresh energy and vision. But without Jobs, as one prominent stock analyst contends, Apple is "becoming just another stock" and that "the phenomenon [of Apple] is unwinding."

When Jesus ascended to heaven, the disciples might have been excused for seeing it as a crisis. Yes, they had been commissioned, yes, they had been taught, yes, they had spent every day for three years in the presence of the One from heaven. He had taught them, practically and theologically.

But, like the Apple crisis, one might have thought they did not have much hope without their leader. However, Jesus was well-prepared for this seeming crisis. It was simply the next stage in the journey of New Creation.

He had commissioned ...

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