Paul is a truly righteous man. Even though he is imprisoned unfairly, he refuses to escape when a miraculous opportunity arises seemingly because it will go bad for his gaoler. It is this witness of care and love that leads to the conversion of the gaoler and his whole family is subsequently baptized. It is the witness of our lives that is important in the evangelization of others as this is where people can see the Gospel in action; it is practice and not just theory.
22 The crowd joined in the attack on Paul and Silas, and the magistrates had them stripped and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 23 After inflicting many blows on them, they threw them into prison and instructed the jailer to guard them securely. 24 When he received these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and secured their feet to a stake. 25 About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened, 26 there was suddenly such a severe earthquake that the foundations of the jail shook; all the doors flew open, and the chains of all were pulled loose. 27 When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew [his] sword and was about to kill himself, thinking that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted out in a loud voice, “Do no harm to yourself; we are all here!” 29 He asked for a light and rushed in and, trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the LORD Jesus and you and your household will be saved.” 32 So they spoke the Word of the LORD to him and to everyone in his house. 33 He took them in at that hour of the night and bathed their wounds; then he and all his family were baptized at once. 34 He brought them up into his house and provided a meal and with his household rejoiced at having come to faith in God.
P S A L M
Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 7-8
R: Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
1 I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart, for you have heard the words of my mouth; in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise; 2 I will worship at your holy temple and give thanks to your name. (R) Because of your kindness and your truth; you have made great above all things your name and your promise. 3 When I called, you answered me; you built up strength within me. (R) 7 Your right hand saves me. 8 The LORD will complete what he has done for me; your kindness, O LORD, endures forever; forsake not the work of your hands. (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus will return to His rightful place with the Father. They will send us the Holy Spirit to continue the work of salvation within our lives. We ourselves will become ministers of the Gospel and take up the call to spread the Good News to the ends of the earth. Let us open our lives to the grace of the Holy Spirit so that He will be able to do all that He has been sent to do. This is essential if we are to truly become the disciples of Jesus we are all called to be.
5 “Now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts. 7 But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness, and condemnation: 9 sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; 11 condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”
think: It is the witness of our lives that is important in the evangelization of others as this is where people can see the Gospel in action; it is practice and not just theory.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Job 19-22