v 26. An angel said to Philip ‘Go south down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza.’
Listening to God’s plan for spreading the Good News.
Jesus’ command in Acts 1:8 was ‘you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.‘ Our story therefore now moves on to the next phase. The Apostles have preached in Jerusalem, and it is persecution that moves them out into Judea and Samaria. Philip was God’s messenger for Samaria, where many came to believe in Jesus (v 12) and were baptised. Right in the middle of this preaching and teaching campaign Philip listened to a fresh call from God, to go to a totally different place – out in the desert this time. On the road south, towards Gaza, he met up with an Ethiopian on his way back to Ethiopia from Jerusalem. Another significant opportunity to tell the Good News – and the Ethiopian believed and was baptised.
Christian history is full of women and men who have heard God’s call to go to outlandish places to tell the good news of Jesus. If you have never read about some of these missionaries now is the time to get down to reading about them. Try some of these as spreading the Good News continues:
Through Gates of Splendour. 5 men martyred as they tried to reach out to the Auca Indians of South America in the 1950’s.
Things as they are. An account by Amy Carmichael of what motivated people to become missionaries.
The Cross and the Switchblade. An account of reaching out to young people caught up in New York’s Gangland.