Now, I am certain that none of us have heard this statement made in any sermon seriously preached in First Presbyterian Church, but could it be an unspoken message? If Paul would be invited to preach a sermon here, would he be unloving as to say this out-loud? Paul has come back home from his years away doing his mission work, and he finds himself in a life and death situation. Could it be that the very people he has grown up with and had worshipped with and received such support from would now turn against him and with so much anger?
As you read this chapter in Acts it tells of so many turning away from what they have leaned as a follower of Yahweh to become a howling mob of unbelievers. This chapter tells how a mob can be turned into disobedience, disrespectful and evil in its actions. Here in this chapter Luke paints for us a scene that we all find hard to believe. The story tells how a mob can get out of hand and possibly do what each individual would never even think of doing on their own and certainly not in Christ’s Church!
I have been especially blest throughout my years of ministry. Sure, there have been some disagreements and even a few arguments when it comes to a discussion about what we ought to be about as the people of God. The church of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will always be open to hear one another, even if we disagree, and yet at the same time, continue to love each other in the Spirit of Christ our lord. We have been especially blest that most in our church family have found that we can disagree with one another and still love one another as God’s family.
Heavenly Father, as we ask for forgiveness, help us always realize that we are to forgive as we are forgiven. Living and growing in your undying love, we will all be forgiven and eternally loved. We live and pray in the love of Your Son and our Savior, Jesus. Amen .