Sunday 24 May, 2020

Acts 20:7-12

7 On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. 8 There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. 9 Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. 10 Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” 11 Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. 12 The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.

All is well that ends well… and because the story ended well, surely Paul was ribbed about this incident in jest by his travelling companions. “Remember that time you literally bored a poor boy to death”… they all laugh. Truth is, the moment would have been absolutely horrifying and the relief amongst the group of listeners at the young man’s return to life would have been tangible.

Paul thought he would not be in this town for even 24 hours, so he uses literally every hour he has and speaks until break of day about the glorious good news, that Jesus is King and Saviour of the entire world.

Lord, may I never cut short the ‘call of duty’ you have on my life. Whenever and wherever I have the opportunity to reveal the Kingdom of Christ may I do it to the full, in word and deed.

Written by Andrew Mellor

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