- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Acts 28
Journey to Rome (2)
Luke kept diary recording events and timeline of Paul’s journey to Rome.
Paul came to Rome. During his third missionary journey at Ephesus, Paul said, “I must visit Rome also.” (Acts 19:21). While Paul was in Corinth he wrote the letter to the Christians in Rome that he wanted to come to Rome on his way to Spain (Romans 15:23). Spain was regarded as the end of the earth at that time. Paul wanted to bring good news of Jesus Christ to the end of the earth. But Paul came to Rome as a detained prisoner and stayed for two years in his own rented house. He continued to witness Jesus Christ, the kingdom of God boldly.
Luke –Acts are two volumes of book written by Luke to Theophilus and his church, a small band of disheartened believers who were in danger of losing hope. Luke wrote about Jesus Christ, his birth, teaching, death, resurrection. And Luke wrote Jesus’ instruction and how the promise of the Holy Spirit has been fulfilled through disciples, believers, and Paul. Luke’s record ended with Paul’s final journey to Rome.
But the work of the Holy Spirit continued through the history of Christianity. Journey to witness to Jesus Christ, Kingdom of God, good news would not stop there. (Acts 1:8). This is the history of the Christianity. The good news of Jesus Christ spread to Europe. It did not stop there. It crossed Atlantic sea and landed to North and South America. It did not stop there. It crossed the Pacific ocean and landed to Asia. It did not stop there. It continues to move eastward to Middle East and Africa. Africa is the most thriving continent in Christian faith today.
The book of Acts ended with 28th chapter. But Christians today are called to continue to witness to Jesus Christ and write next chapter of Acts, the history of how Holy Spirit works through them. “You will be my witness … to the end of the earth.” We are part of this history, witness to Jesus Christ where we are.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.