Daily Reading: Today’s bible reading is Acts 20.
I really enjoyed reading this excerpt from John MacArthur’s sermon about the resurrection story found in Acts 20:7-16. Below is an excerpt from it. You can read (or listen to) the rest of the sermon here. I edited down for length, enjoy!
“”And there sat in a window -” Fortunate young man that he could find air, and so he got by a window and sat on the windowsill. The windows of course were lattices or wooden windows that opened. They didn’t have any glass. “And his name was Eutychus, and being fallen into a deep sleep,” and the verb there in the Greek is a present participle, which means he was progressively falling asleep while he was trying to fight it. Just so – you know how it is. You’ve done it. Your head goes, and then _______ wonderful, wonderful point. Oh, it’s terrific. You’ve got to write that note down. Yes. I see.
Well, that’s Eutychus. He’d bob his head down, and he’d pull it up again and blink around. But he was fighting. And finally the _____ overcame him, “And he being fallen into a deep sleep, and as Paul was long preaching, he sank down with sleep.” He was out. And then of course we know how serious it is to fall asleep during a sermon, because immediately the Lord dealt with him. He fell from the third loft and was taken up dead. So think about that, folks.
But he fell asleep and fell right out of the window, three stories down, and died. Now that’s a fantastic thing. I always think of that little lady, you know, who had insomnia, and she kept going to the doctor, and they couldn’t help her. And she just finally figured out the best thing to do would be to go to church each night, and she had no trouble sleeping there. So that’s perhaps the experience of many. Some aren’t always asleep with their eyes closed, either.
He fell down, and he was taken up dead. That’s the quote of Luke, incidentally, who wrote the passage here, under the inspiration of the Spirit, but Luke’s comment is that he was dead. Now I’ve heard all kinds of commentators and all kinds of people say he wasn’t dead. He just appeared to be dead, and he just was taken up as if he were dead. It doesn’t say that. It says he was taken up dead. He was dead. Three story fall….
[He then] just places himself around Eutychus, who is a young man. Perhaps a teenager. And I love this. He says, “Trouble not yourselves, for his life is in him.” One liberal commentator said, when he put himself around him, he could hear his heart ticking, and he said, “Oh, he’s all right,” and got up. No. He was dead. What happened was a resurrection miracle.
You know, Paul had a great prayer that he prayed in Philippians 3:10. He said, “I pray that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection.” And boy, he did know it, didn’t he? He knew resurrection power. He wrapped himself around. In a minute, a miracle happened. All of the broken bones and all of the injuries of his body that had caused the death reversed themselves and he was alive.
And you can imagine, that really had an effect on the people in that little church. Right? Probably – you say, “Why does God do that?” Well, God always does miracles to increase faith. And it may have been that in that little meeting up there in that little upper room, some of those people were saying, “You know, this guy, I don’t know. Who is this guy? We’ve heard about him.” But he hadn’t really been a big part of Troas life. He just passed by there once. So that wasn’t – he wasn’t any great person, like in Ephesus or Corinth, where he’d been frequently. And maybe some of them were saying, “Well, can we believe everything he’s telling? I mean, he’s been talking till midnight. I mean, is all this true? How do we know he’s the real prophet of God or the real preacher of God? How can we believe him?” And what does God always use to confirm His teachers in the New Testament era? Miracles.
And you can believe they all stood down there and said, “Yes, we can believe him. He raised that young man from the dead.” And verse 12 says, “They brought the young man alive and were not a little comforted.” No. They were a lot comforted. Yes. It says, “Trouble not yourselves,” verse 10. And [this is] a Greek verb that is used to speak of wailing and lamenting. It’s the one used in Mark 5, when everyone was wailing and lamenting. This is the weeping and lamenting that goes on when somebody dies. So he says, “Stop weeping and lamenting. His life is in him. He’s alive.”
I’ll tell you something, friends. I love to see resurrections in the Bible. I just love them. You know why? Because they just add another guarantee that my resurrection’s going to come off.”
Grace & Peace.