DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

“He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?”

Isaiah 53:8

Fascinating! The message of Christianity; Jesus had died for the sin of mankind; He had been buried and rose from the dead on the third day; He had made multiplied appearances and He had sent the Holy Spirit as promised, and having done so Christianity was spreading like wildfire. Twisted versions and opposition asserted itself, and persecution in myriad forms began to surface.

As usual, God used this persecution to spread His saints into multiplied areas of the countries surrounding Jerusalem. It had the effect of stepping on quick-silver. Scattering from place to place, Philip the evangelist went down to Samaria, and began to proclaim Christ to them. The people with one accord heard and saw the signs performed. (Acts 8:6) There was “much rejoicing in that city”.

While the disciples head back to Jerusalem, Philip gets instructions from the Lord that He is to go down the desert road to Gaza. A desert road no less! In obedience, he meets a eunuch who is reading from Isaiah 53…”He was led as a sheep to slaughter; and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He does not open His mouth. In humiliation His judgment was taken away; who will relate His generation? For His life is removed from earth.” Philip asks a simple question: “Do you understand what you are reading?”

With this the eunuch makes a request. “Please tell me, of who does the prophet say this… of himself or of someone else?” Philip immediately preached Jesus to him. The eunuch believed and was baptized, but not before he declared: “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God!

It was far more than a mental consent; it was a heart conviction to which he gave permission and obedience. His position as “a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, and in charge of all her treasure” learns about salvation and baptism. He immediately directs the chariot to stop. They go down into the water and he is baptized; humbled and obedient!

To “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ” is more than just agreement with who He was, it is to willingly make an about face in life and allow HIM to rule and reign as Savior and Lord.

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