In Acts 8: 26-35 we see a story that leads up to Philip “Preaching Jesus!” to an Ethiopian eunuch who had questions about a Scripture he was reading. Then what followed was the Ethiopian believing in Jesus and getting water baptized. Let’s back up and see what was recorded for us to read and learn from.
Acts 8:26- “But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road.) (27) So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, (28) and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. (29) Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.”(30) Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” (31) And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. (32) Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this: “He was led as a sheep to slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He does not open His mouth. (33) “In humiliation His judgment was taken away; Who will relate His generation? For His life is removed from the earth.” (34) The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?” (35) Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.(36) As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch *said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” (37) [And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] (38) And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. (39) When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing.
The passage the eunuch was reading was written in the book of Isaiah a few hundred years before the crucifixion of Jesus. Yet it was foretold by a prophet of God that Jesus would die for our sins. Notice that Philip preached Jesus to him—not a philosophy, not a denominational set of rules, not an idea, not religious teaching, but he proclaimed Jesus! Jesus is the One we serve, not man made doctrine. I was teaching on this at a rodeo recently. I said, “We are not preaching Catholicism, Protestantism, not Cowboy Churchism; we are preaching Jesus!” I am not here to present my ministry, Christian Cowboys and Friends. I am here to present Jesus, the Savior of the world and the Best Friend we will ever have.
When Philip preached Jesus, notice what the eunuch said— “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And Peter’s answer is an important one for us to consider ourselves or to challenge others to respond to. (37) [And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] They both went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When people respond to the gospel message of Jesus they will respond and do as Jesus says to do. People were water baptized when they received Jesus as Savior. In the Bible no one was ever baptized until after they decided to receive and follow Jesus. The Ethiopean eunuch went on his way rejoicing. Jesus forgives our sins and Jesus brings joy into your life.
We preach Jesus because:
1) He is the Savior of the world Mat 1:2 “Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.”
2) He came to seek and save that which was lost. This is good news for us. Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
3) He came to destroy the works of the devil. The devil will tempt us to sin , then afterwards will condemn for us for doing it. The results of sin are detrimental to our well being and sin brings death. I John 3:8 “the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.”
4) Jesus defeated death. And because He did we will also. I Cor 15:54 “But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory.” and Romans 8:11 “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
5) Jesus is the Healer. He still heals broken bodies, broken spirits, broken dreams, broken things I Peter 2:24 “…and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.”
6) Jesus still cares! He is the same miracle worker in people’s lives today as when He walked on the earth. Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
7) Jesus is the Prince of peace. People need peace. He gives His people peace. John 14:1 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.” and 27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”
8) Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to live in us who have Received Jesus as Savior and Lord. The Holy Spirit teaches, leads, and guides us. John 16:13 “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”
9) Jesus baptizes us in the Holy Spirit to give us power to witness about Him and to be over comers. Luke 3:16 “John answered and said to them all, “As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” and Acts 1:8 “… but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
10) Jesus prepared a place for us in heaven, and Jesus is the way to that place. John 14: 1-6 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. (2) In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. (3) If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. (4) And you know the way where I am going.” (5) Thomas *said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” (6) Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
11) Jesus is touched by the feelings of our infirmities. He feels our pains. He experienced pain and rejection Himself. Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (KJV)
12) And Jesus left us His Name and authority to be victors in life. John 16:23-24 “In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. (24) Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.” Luke 10:17-19 “The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” (18) And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. (19) Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.”
Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us. He is still the same and He still loves and cares for people. He is still active in the affairs of mankind. He is a Friend at all times. His power is over every name we can name. His Name is above every name including sickness and disease, heartache, and hurts, financial problems and relationship issues and all other issues we can name.
Our goal is to be conformed to the image of Christ, not a set of religious rules. When we are conformed to His way of living, our actions will line up with the will of God. Blessings will be ours and we will be a blessing to others. Romans 8:29 “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;…”
Receive Jesus and forgiveness of sins and all the wrong you have done. Receive Jesus and you will receive eternal life. It’s a great deal-one you do not want to miss. John 1:12-13 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, (13) who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” Romans 10:13 “for ‘Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”
Call on Jesus today. Pray. Lord Jesus I call on You today and receive You as my Savior and Lord. I ask forgiveness of my sins. I thank you for dying on the cross for me and taking my sin away. I desire to be like You and do as You say. I ask You to baptize me with the Holy Spirit so I can be a bold witness for You and so I can be an over comer in life as You designed for me to be. Holy Spirit , help me to live a life pleasing to my Father in Heaven. In Jesus Name-Amen.
Now get water baptized, read the Bible every day, pray every day, fellowship with other believers often, ask God to show you a good strong Bible believing church where you can grow in Christ and a place where you will be loved and also be in Jesus’ service with the talents and gifts God has given you. Read Romans 3:10, 3:23, 5:8-9, 6:23, 10:9-10, 13; John 3:16; Acts 1:8, Acts 2:38.
Be a Cowboy Partner: Jesus was and is a giver. When we receive Jesus we are part of His kingdom and we get to participate in what God is doing in the earth. Luke 6:38 says, “Give and it shall be given to you…” Giving into God’s kingdom shows where our heart is. Giving is about putting Jesus first in our lives and helping others. We invite you to be a Cowboy Partner in this ministry. You will share a part of every soul we reach for Jesus. You can be a Cowboy Partner through prayers, time, talents, and finances.
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