Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Acts 20:7-12

7On 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. 8There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. 9Seated 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.

10Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. "Don't be alarmed," he said. "He's alive!" 11Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. 12The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.

The Great Fall of Eutychus
Can you just picture this scene without giggling? The "many lamps" were cnadles in lanterns. The combination of the heat from the candles and the gathered number of people in an small upstairs room probably made the room very warm. This no doubt, helped young Eutychus fall asleep, lose his balance sitting on the window sill, and fall 3 stories to the ground!!!

Paul brings him back to life by the power of the Holy Spirit, and continues in the plans for the evening. He boke bread, ate and talked until the sun came up.

Paul amazes me at his desire, determination, fortitude, physical strength and steadfastness. He does not waiver in his mission in each city, knowing his time on is limited. We should be the same way, we do not know what the future holds, make the most of every opportunity to tell others about the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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