Acts 28

Acts 28 sums it all up for us –

 

Landing on the island of Malta, Paul and the others were welcomed by the islanders.  Paul got bit by a viper but was able to shake it off to no ill effects, causing the islanders to think him a god.  Paul healed Publius’s father and the rest of the sick on the island.

After 3 months, they procured a ship and set sail for Rome, landing in Syracuse on the island of Sicily and then traveled on up the coast of Italy to Rome.  In Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself while awaiting trial with a soldier to guard him.  [Scholars believe Paul was held for 4 years].

Paul speaks to the leaders of the Jews to explain why he is in chains and the leaders say they have heard nothing bad about Paul and are here to learn about Jesus Christ.  He preached to the Jews from morning till evening all about the kingdom of God and Jesus.  Some were convinced; others were not.  And they argued about it, so much so Paul quoted Isaiah, saying their eyes did not perceive nor their ears understand.  Paul proclaims that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles who will listen.

For 2 years Paul preached the gospel boldly in his home to all those who came.

And so the Book of Acts comes to an end with a shout of triumph….Now the tale is finished; the story that began in Jerusalem rather more than thirty years ago has finished in Rome. It is nothing less than a miracle of God. The church which at the beginning of Acts could be numbered in scores cannot now be numbered in tens of thousands. The story of the crucified man of Nazareth has swept across the world in its conquering course until now without interference it is being preached in Rome, the capital of the world. The gospel has reached the center of the world and is being freely proclaimed—and Luke’s task is at an end.  For us as Disciples today the story continues through the works we do to proclaim the Gospel.

Amen!

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One Response to Acts 28

  1. Don Merritt says:

    A really amazing tale!

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