ACTS – The Acts of God
Paul Harvey was a great story teller. We trusted him as listeners because we felt he told us the truth. He was an American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. He broadcast News and Comment on weekday mornings and mid-days, and at noon on Saturdays, as well as his famous The Rest of the Story segments.
What caused us to listen to him was his tenacious efforts to dig deeper into the story and discover the “back story” with reasons why an event happened or what the people were like that led to the event. He always closed with “and now you have the rest of the story.” And we felt satisfied to have all the news.
I think of that when I read about Apollos, a gifted, passionate speaker who loved Jesus but didn’t have “the rest of the story”. We thank and praise God that he was a willing listener to those “in the know” to hear and understand the whole story of Jesus. Can you imagine only knowing that Jesus was a great prophet and was baptized but not knowing He was the Messiah that took away the sins of the world?
Acts 18, The Message
18 Paul stayed a while longer in Corinth, but then it was time to take leave of his friends. Saying his good-byes, he sailed for Syria, Priscilla and Aquila with him. Before boarding the ship in the harbor town of Cenchrea, he had his head shaved as part of a vow he had taken.
19-21 They landed in Ephesus, where Priscilla and Aquila got off and stayed. Paul left the ship briefly to go to the meeting place and preach to the Jews. They wanted him to stay longer, but he said he couldn’t. But after saying good-bye, he promised, “I’ll be back, God willing.”
21-22 From Ephesus he sailed to Caesarea. He greeted the church there, and then went on to Antioch, completing the journey.
23 After spending a considerable time with the Antioch Christians, Paul set off again for Galatia and Phrygia, retracing his old tracks, one town after another, putting fresh heart into the disciples.
24-26 A man named Apollos came to Ephesus. He was a Jew, born in Alexandria, Egypt, and a terrific speaker, eloquent and powerful in his preaching of the Scriptures. He was well-educated in the way of the Master and fiery in his enthusiasm. Apollos was accurate in everything he taught about Jesus up to a point, but he only went as far as the baptism of John. He preached with power in the meeting place. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and told him the rest of the story.
27-28 When Apollos decided to go on to Achaia province, his Ephesian friends gave their blessing and wrote a letter of recommendation for him, urging the disciples there to welcome him with open arms. The welcome paid off: Apollos turned out to be a great help to those who had become believers through God’s immense generosity. He was particularly effective in public debate with the Jews as he brought out proof after convincing proof from the Scriptures that Jesus was in fact God’s Messiah.
Think about it…
–God led his people to give the whole story of Jesus to one of his best speakers and influencers. Can you imagine who powerful Apollos became knowing and preaching the whole Truth of Jesus!
–Don’t you love HOW they told him…privately…in their home in an encouraging way?
Dear Heavenly Father,
Continue to teach us, taking us deeper into Your Word so that we may discover back stories that lead to more understanding of how You work, who You are, what You have done, are doing and will do. We need all the information possible so that we may speak Your Truth only.
In Jesus Name, Amen