26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go towards the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a wilderness road.) 27So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot and join it.’ 30So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ 31He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. 32Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:
‘Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
so he does not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.’
34The eunuch asked Philip, ‘About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’ 35Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. 36As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?’ 38He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.
Philip’s fearlessness shines through as well as the conviction that the good news found in Christ Jesus must be shared in these opening stories in Acts. No clearly is this shown in Philip approaching a stranger, sitting in a chariot, and offering to teach him something new. Boldly he speaks of God’s love found in Christ Jesus. He must have spoken convincingly to this man, as at the first chance to truly claim that promise, the man requests to be baptized. His life is changed in more ways than one. And as unannounced Philip’s entrance into his life and companionship in a chariot began, he is ‘snatched away.’
May we too have the fearlessness to go when your Spirit says Go, dear Lord. May we speak, when your Spirit emboldens us to speak, precious Savior. May we welcome home any that wish to accept your good news of salvation, now and always, Amen.