Read Acts 8:26-40

v 35.  So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus.

It might be instructive for a moment today to reflect on the kind of person Philip was. In this chapter we find him explaining the good news to the Samaritans, then to this Ethiopian eunuch, and finally in a variety of towns scattered along his route to Caesarea. Clearly, he was an evangelist, determined to explain the Gospel wherever he went. Quite possibly he is the Philip we find appointed in Acts 6 to distribute food, ‘Everyone liked this idea, and they chose the following: Stephen (a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit), Philip, …. These seven were presented to the apostles, who prayed for them as they laid their hands on them.’ This Philip appears again in Acts 21, where Paul meets him ‘The next day we went on to Caesarea and stayed at the home of Philip the Evangelist, one of the seven men who had been chosen to distribute food. He had four unmarried daughters who had the gift of prophecy.

I think he is one of the unsung heroes of the New Testament. From being a relief organiser in Jerusalem, then a traveller explaining the gospel wherever he went, and finally settling in Caesarea, with a family of 4 daughters all of whom had the spiritual gift of prophecy, offering hospitality to Paul on his journeys. He was a committed follower of Jesus over many years and the kind of man who formed the backbone of the Church.

Wednesday 23rd May Daily Devotional readings from the HUB.