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Acts 8.26-39 NIV
“Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”
And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.”
The disciple, Philip, was ready and waiting to be used by God. His focus was telling the story of Jesus Christ. Well, a perfect moment came, as God gave him a “divine appointment.” A man was riding down the road, having just come from Jerusalem to worship, and he’s reading a scripture about Jesus (but doesn’t know it). Philip guides him and teaches him what it means. His desire to share the story of redemption with this man leads to the man’s salvation and baptism. This is what it is all about.
This Christmas season, we have more than enough room to share the story. The culture can say what it wants, but Christmas is OUR story. As Christmas specials talk about love and peace, our responsibility is to tell them where divine love and everlasting peace comes from. Face it: everyone’s eternity depends on it. If God created out of love, redeemed out of love, and desires to share that love for eternity, then we must share that love story out of the love He’s put in our hearts.
Remember Philip. Be ready to tell the story and God just may provide you with a divine appointment. Have a great week!