Today’s devotion is written by Jason Locker.
In today’s passage from Acts 13, we find Paul and his companions at Antioch in Pisidia, sitting in the synagogue on the Sabbath.
“After the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the synagogue leaders invited them, ‘Brothers, if one of you has a sermon for the people, please speak.’” Acts 13:15
Paul stood and began to recount the historical leaders of God’s people, from Moses to the judges to Kings Saul and David to John the Baptist, all the way down to Jesus. He boldly proclaimed the Gospel message, that Jesus was sent to God’s people, who did not recognize him, and who sentenced him to death. But God raised him from the dead!
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, know this: Through Jesus we proclaim forgiveness of sins to you. From all those sins from which you couldn’t be put in right relationship with God through Moses’ Law, through Jesus everyone who believes is put in right relationship with God.” (vv. 38-39)
Let me repeat that last part: Through Jesus EVERYONE who believes is put in right relationship with God! Regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, faith tradition, social class, or any other qualification (or disqualification) you could possibly imagine, through Jesus EVERYONE who believes is put in right relationship with God! That is, indeed, Good News!
I pray that each of us would be bold like Paul. Nobody is asking us to deliver a sermon, but when we have the opportunity to speak the Truth in the face of injustice and oppression (even at the hands of people who call themselves Christian), let us choose to stand with those who are being persecuted or denied their fundamental rights and dignity to proclaim that Jesus died to make a way for EVERYONE!
What examples of injustice or oppression have you witnessed or experienced yourself?
What opportunities do you have to allow the Holy Spirit to speak through you about God’s grace and love for all people?
What are your thoughts, comments, questions?