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Everything in Jesus
Bible Passage Acts 13: 13- 52
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & book Acts.

Everything in Jesus

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached October 4, 2023

SCRIPTURE 📖
13 Then Paul and his men set sail from Paphos and arrived in Perga in Pamphylia, where John left them and went back to Jerusalem.

14 They left Perga and arrived in Antioch in Pisidia. On the Sabbath day, they went into the synagogue and sat down.

15 After the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the synagogue leaders asked them, “Brothers, if you have any message of encouragement for the people, you may speak.”

16 Then Paul stood up, motioned with his hand, and said: “Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen!

17 The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors and made them a great people during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with a public display of power he led them out of there.

18 After he had put up with them for 40 years in the wilderness,

19 he destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan. Then God gave their land to the Israelis as an inheritance

20 for about 450 years. “After that, he gave them judges until the time of the prophet Samuel.

21 When they demanded a king, God gave them Kish’s son Saul, from the tribe of Benjamin, for 40 years.

22 Then God removed Saul and made David their king, about whom he testified, ‘I have found that David, the son of Jesse, is a man after my own heart, who will carry out all my wishes.’

23 It was from this man’s descendants that God, as he promised, brought to Israel a Savior, who is Jesus.

24 Before Jesus’ appearance, John had already preached a baptism of repentance to all the people in Israel.

25 When John was finishing his work, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I’m not the Messiah. No, but he is coming after me, and I’m not worthy to untie the sandals on his feet.’

26 “My brothers, descendants of Abraham’s family, and those among you who fear God, it is to us that the message of this salvation has been sent.

27 For the people who live in Jerusalem and their leaders, not knowing who Jesus was, condemned him and so fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath.

28 Although they found no reason to sentence him to death, they asked Pilate to have him executed.

29 When they had finished doing everything that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and placed him in a tomb.

30 But God raised him from the dead,

31 and for many days he appeared to those who had come with him to Jerusalem from Galilee. These are now his witnesses to the people.

32 We’re telling you the good news: What God promised our ancestors

33 he has fulfilled for us, their descendants, by raising Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm, ‘You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.’

34 God raised him from the dead, never to experience decay, as he said, ‘I’ll give you the holy promises made to David.’

35 In another Psalm he says, ‘You will not let your Holy One experience decay.’

36 Now David, after he had served God’s purpose in his own generation, died and was buried with his ancestors, and so he experienced decay.

37 However, the man whom God raised did not experience decay.

38 “Therefore, brothers, you must understand that through him the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,

39 and that everyone who believes in him is justified and freed from everything that kept you from being justified by the Law of Moses.

40 So be careful that what the prophets said doesn’t happen to you:

41 ‘Look, you mockers! Be amazed and die! Since I am performing an action in your days, one that you would not believe even if someone told you!’”

42 As Paul and Barnabas were leaving, the people kept urging them to tell them the same things the next Sabbath.

43 When the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who kept talking to them and urging them to continue in the grace of God.

44 The next Sabbath almost the whole town gathered to hear the word of the Lord.

45 But when the Jewish leaders saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to object to the statements made by Paul and even to abuse him.

46 Then Paul and Barnabas boldly declared, “We had to speak God’s word to you first, but since you reject it and consider yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we are now going to turn to the gentiles.

47 For that is what the Lord ordered us to do: ‘I have made you a light to the gentiles to be the means of salvation to the very ends of the earth.’”

48 When the gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord. Meanwhile, all who had been destined to eternal life believed,

49 and the word of the Lord began to spread throughout the whole region.

50 But the Jewish leaders stirred up devout women of high social standing and the officials in the city, started a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their territory.

51 So Paul and Barnabas shook the dust off their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium.

52 Meanwhile, the disciples continued to be full of joy and the Holy Spirit.

 

BACKGROUND
When the trio (Paul, Barnabas, and John Mark) arrived at Perga on the mainland of Asia Minor, John Mark, for some unknown reason, left the other two and returned to Jerusalem. Paul considered this a serious failure on Mark’s part (verse 13; see Acts 15:38).
From Perga, Paul and Barnabas moved north into the province of Galatia and came to the town of Antioch, often referred to as Pisidian Antioch to distinguish it from Antioch in Syria. There, Paul addressed the people.

Paul’s address to the synagogue audience was similar to the addresses of Peter and Stephen (see Acts 2:14-42; 7:1-53). He began by outlining the history of Israel, showing that the promised Saviour had come in the person of Jesus Christ (verses 17-25). Although the Jews in Jerusalem rejected and killed Jesus (verses 26-29), God raised Him from death to show openly that He was the promised Son of David, the great Messiah (verses 30-37).

All who repented of their sins and believed in Him would find forgiveness and salvation (verses 38-41).
The audience, which consisted responded well to the message. These people did not usually hear such an exposition of the Scriptures, and they looked forward to hearing more (verses 42-43).
The following week almost the entire population of Antioch came to the synagogue to hear the missionaries preach. This made the Jews jealous and angry. They feared that the missionaries were stealing their Gentile converts by offering an easier religion, one that promised salvation through faith without regard for the Jewish law (verses 44-45).

Paul and Barnabas replied that God’s plan was for Israel to carry His message of salvation to the Gentiles, and for this reason, the missionaries preached the gospel to the Jews first. But if the Jews would not accept salvation, how could they preach it to the Gentiles? Therefore, Paul and Barnabas turned from the Jews and offered it to the Gentiles directly (verses 46-47).
The missionaries’ straightforward words and the Gentiles’ ready response angered the Jews even more, and they drove the two men from the city. Yet the converts, being true disciples, not only stood firm for God after the missionaries departed but spread the gospel throughout the region (verses 48-52).

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 It is not uncommon for those who trust in the Lord to be chastised. But victory will come, nevertheless

🔷 We should yearn to study the word of God and live according to the word instead of persecuting God’s servants

🔷 The salvation of God in Christ Jesus is for all those who will believe in Him, and not for a selected few

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray that God’s word will bear good fruits in you
💥 Pray for God’s anointing and grace to share the word with others

CONCLUSION📙
The response of people to the message of Christ Jesus can sometimes be a disincentive, but we need to move on regardless. Those are troubles we need o overcome like Jesus Himself did. We need to learn to just move.
AMEN

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