Still Proclaiming Jesus
I just checked out the close of David McCullough’s excellent biography, John Adams. The last chapter presents how he died, noting the interesting fact that both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, on the fiftieth birthday of our country. McCullough goes on to narrate how “an estimated 4,000 people crowded silently about the First Congregational Church on July 7” and then “with the service ended, the body of John Adams was laid to rest beside his wife, in the graveyard across the road from the church.”
A biography of a man’s life ends with the record of his death and burial, but the Book of Acts is not a biography of either Paul or Peter’s life.
Luke started his second volume with a question about whether God would culminate his redemptive story and restore the Kingdom to Israel right then after Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus tells his disciples that it wasn’t for them to know when God would set up his Kingdom on earth. Instead, they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them to take the message about Jesus to the farthest corners of the world. The Book of Acts traces the fulfillment of this promise. So it closes not with Paul’s martyrdom, but with him still boldly obeying Jesus’ command to share the Gospel even under house arrest in Rome.
“For two whole years Paul remained in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to see him. With all boldness and without hindrance Paul kept on proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 28:30-31
I need to follow Paul’s example. I need to welcome all and keep right on boldly sharing about the Lord Jesus, the Messiah.
LORD, give me the boldness and the winsomeness that the Apostle Paul had as he shared both with Jews and Gentiles his testimony and the truth about Jesus. Thanks for your Spirit’s power that keeps on helping us tell others about Jesus.
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