Exodus 33-34 ; Psalm 16 ; Acts 9
Exodus 33-34, Psalm 16 and Acts 9
He’s still there. The book is called the Acts of the Apostles and we’re going to see a lot of the apostles in the days ahead, especially Paul and Peter. But the person we’re going to see the most of is Jesus.
This book could be called the Acts of Jesus because He’s still there, with his followers. Although, now he’s moved beyond Israel and is outside the city of Damasus. He’s about to do what he always does. He’s about to overwhelm one of his enemies with light, and life, and love. He will blind Saul and transform him in to Paul. He’s still there.
He’s still there on his way up into another upper room, where people are mourning the loss of a generous-hearted woman. Peter’s there in that room, for sure. But the writer of this book doesn’t want you to miss the fact that Jesus is there. He’s still doing what he always does.
If this moment sounds familiar, it should. We see Jesus going into another upper room where there’s a 12-year-old girl who has passed from life to death. He takes her by the hand and tells her it’s time to get up. It’s time to live.
Jesus is still there, in the room with Peter, just as Peter was there with him in that room with Jairus and his wife. He’s doing now what he did then and what he always does. He’s bringing life where there was once death.
He’s still here with us, too - doing now what he has always done. He’s overwhelming resistant hearts with light and life and love, the way he did with Saul, who became Paul. He’s also entering into those upper rooms in our own hearts, where there is death and a need for resurrection and hope. There he takes us by the hand and says words like, It’s time to get up. It’s time to live. He’s still there. He’s moving beyond the land of Israel and into cities far and wide, and homes like yours and mine. He’s bringing his light and his life, his love and his hope.
See him here in your life. Be mindful of the rooms he’s walking in. Invite him to bring his light and life, his love and his resurrection hope, into every room of your life.
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