17th October 2018

Are You On The Right Bus?

“So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ And he said, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’”
Acts 8:30-31 (NKJV)

The gentleman on the bus began to look very agitated. He turned to me and asked, “Where is this bus going?” When I told him he groaned and said, “I’m on the wrong bus. I’m travelling in the opposite direction.” Most of humanity is like that. Travelling in the opposite direction has become a normal way of life.

In Acts Chapter 8 we can read about the eunuch who was on a journey. He wasn’t on a bus but he was in his chariot. He’d journeyed to Jerusalem to worship there, and now while travelling home, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. God was watching the eunuch and could see that he didn’t understand the destination of the spiritual journey he was on, so He sent Philip to help. Acts 8:29 says “Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go near and overtake this chariot.’” Reading on in verse 30 “So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah and said, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’” And the eunuch answered in verse 31, “How can I unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.

Using the passage in Isaiah that the eunuch had been reading, Philip preached Jesus to him. The eunuch then asked if there was anything that hindered him from being baptized. “If you believe with all your heart you may,” Philip told him, to which the eunuch responded, ““I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (verse 37). Philip commanded the chariot to stand still, he and the eunuch went down into the water and he baptized him (verse 38).

Verse 39 says, “Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.” Philip was supernaturally removed from the scene. The eunuch set off again for home rejoicing that he now knew that he was on the right bus travelling in the right direction after God’s intervention to give him the understanding he needed about his final destination.

Gracious Father, thank you that we can travel on your bus whose destination is eternal life. It’s a journey guided by the Holy Spirit, and our fare has already been paid by Jesus.

Study by Diana Hall

About the Author:
Diana Hall attends the Southampton Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Southampton
Tauntons College
Hill Lane
SO15 5RL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Peter Noon
Email: peter_noon@wcg.org.uk

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