Monday, September 16, 2013

The Lamb Scroll (from Chapter 21)

The children listened with rapt attention as Philip told his own story of Jesus. He told of when he first met Jesus. He told many stories from the life and teachings of Jesus. And finally he told of the horrible death Jesus suffered and the amazing resurrection that brought Him back to life.
The eunuch, like the children, hung on Philip’s every word.
Finally, Philip finished by unrolling the scroll to the same passage and reading it again, “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter. And as a lamb is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. He was humiliated and received no justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.”
“That,” Philip said, “is Jesus. He went willingly to His death—to our death, really—taking our penalty. He did not cry out or condemn those who nailed Him to the cross. He was judged falsely, whipped mercilessly, laughed at, spat upon and taunted with horrible words from many witnesses. And, indeed, He was taken from the earth. He returned to His Father in Heaven where He now prepares a place for us!”
“You are a fantastic storyteller,” The eunuch said, respectfully. “Thank you for sharing what only you could share.”
“Now it is your story,” Philip said opening his hands to reveal his palms, “if you wish to accept it. Jesus took your place too on that cross. If you choose to accept His gift of life, you can begin living your life with and for Him today!”
“And, you begin this life by being baptized?” The eunuch asked.
“That’s right,” Philip said.
“We are coming to a bridge,” the eunuch said. “Would you baptize me, now?”
“Do you accept Jesus’ death in your place and desire His gift of eternal life?” Philip asked.
“Yes, yes!” the eunuch shouted. “Oh, yes I do!”
“Then stop the chariot!” Philip said excitedly.
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