Message of Light

Apr 3, 2024 | God's Love, Hope

“But God has helped me to this very day;
so I stand here and testify to small and great alike.
I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets
and Moses said would happen —
that the Messiah would suffer and
as the first to rise from the dead,
would bring the message of light
to his own people and to the Gentiles.”
Acts 26:22-23

 

These words from Acts 26 part of my devotions this morning seemed fitting to tie in with the Easter theme.

Here the Apostle Paul explains, he is a highly educated Jew, who sat at the feet of Gamaliel, a most prestigious rabbi in Jerusalem, to learn the Jewish ways. He was a Jew among Jews, well educated, dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s until…

Paul then tells the angry mob that he persecuted and killed Christians to death for their beliefs in Jesus Christ. He put people in chains in prison while the religious Jewish leaders applauded.

Next, Paul describes how on his travels to Damascus he became blinded by a light from heaven!

“He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” (Acts 9:4) Paul’s name was Saul before he became converted to Christianity.

Paul was blind physically as well as spiritually. He had to be led by someone to the nearest city of Damascus. Here Paul (Saul) they welcomed into the Christian family.

From that day forward Paul worked as a missionary for His Lord Jesus Christ. It took time before people believed he was sincere, but Paul persevered in the faith. God promised to use him mightily for His purposes, and Paul believed in Jesus and His promises with all his heart.

Paul lived on to be the greatest missionary for Christ that ever lived. He had foreknowledge that he would one day die for Christ in Rome, but never did he fear that outcome. Some prominent missionaries listed with Paul are Peter, Jim Elliot, Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, George Muller, Eric Liddell, Saint Patrick (yes), and Mary Slessor. The list goes on, but here are a few names of those who dedicated their lives to serving Christ giving all, their reputations, their lives if needed, giving one hundred percent of themselves to Christ and reaching others with the good news of Jesus Christ.

In the end Paul tells the angry Jewish mob, Christ is real, and God would save Jews and Gentiles through the Savior everyone had been waiting for, Jesus Christ.

The Jewish mob became enraged and refused to believe salvation was for Jews and Gentiles. They refused to believe Jesus Christ was their Saviour.

Paul gets brought back into prison, and Paul remained in custody under Roman rule.

Some believed what Paul was saying. Jesus died and rose again for the Jews and also the Gentiles.

Many were furious and did not believe.

Paul knew his mission was to teach those who would believe and receive Christ into their hearts, both Jew and Gentile.

And thanks be to God, that He opened the way for us to receive salvation in Jesus Christ.

There is no other way.

Perhaps that is why Christians were called “The Way” during Paul’s day.

“But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim
my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.
I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
Acts 9:15-16.

Let us give thanks today for this “message of light” given for you and for me as we believe in Jesus Christ,

“firstborn of the dead, ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and freed us from our sins by His blood.” (Revelations 1:5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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