It’s A History You Can’t Cancel

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So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said:

“Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen. The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it. And for about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness. And after destroying seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance. All this took about 450 years. And after that he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ Of this man's offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised. Before his coming, John had proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but behold, after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’ — Acts 13:16-25

This is the first sermon that we have recorded from Paul. And it’s pretty remarkable. It’s way better than the first one I ever preached. And it is pretty interesting given the audience, setting, and content. There are a couple of moments in it that I wonder if it was met with shock and awe by the Jews present.

But notice what Paul does rather quickly. He connects Jewish history to the most important person in all of history. He begins by recalling major landmarks — Israel, Egypt, and Canaan. Next, he recalls significant people like Samuel, Saul, David, and John the Baptist. But all these landmarks and people point to one person — Jesus. 

Paul communicates to this Jewish audience that God’s promised plan of a Jewish Messiah has been realized. And while some were ignoring, dismissing, and canceling this narrative, the truth was salvation had come. And Paul, who had formerly been very resistant to this truth, had seen Jesus with his own eyes and discovered it himself. And thus, we learn that our testimony is the chapter that is yet to be written in the story. Declaring faith in Jesus is the means of believing and receiving redemption, salvation, and forgiveness of sin. The only part of the story that is left to be told is will men ignore, dismiss, and cancel this message. Or instead, will they accept it as truth by faith.

Today invest a few minutes reflecting on your story. Recall who you were before Jesus and then how life has been different since. And remember, you are a living history that God has writing since the beginning of time. The story of a loving Father who redeems lost men who by faith accept salvation through his Son. A God who defeats death so that you can have life in Him.

ASK THIS: Who were you before and after Jesus Christ?

DO THIS: Join in the story!

PRAY THIS: God, thank you for redeeming me by your grace.

PLAY THIS: Salvation Is Here — Hillsong

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9 thoughts on “It’s A History You Can’t Cancel

  1. Eddie Ackerman says:

    I was on fire for Christ at a young age, thanks to AWANA. but that only lasted for a year because I was given the choice to keep going to church or watch cartoons on Sunday mornings, and the shuttle bus to the church stopped AT OUR HOUSE, but, of course, I chose cartoons and fell far from that fire until High school where I met a new neighbor that was a mentor to me and led me back to Christ for a year or two, then we moved and I rebelled in little ways against my mother for moving me across the country to a land foreign to me, from Colorado to Virginia. after a few months, my mom reconnected with her high school sweetheart and within a year or so, got married for a third time, to someone that CLEARLY loved her, and his kids, AND me and my sister, the man I still call dad to this day, some 18 years later. I got connected to a WONDERFUL youth group and reignited my fire for God for another 2 years, then I joined the military and lost that fire for a third time. I met my wife of 15 years now while I was in the military and we now have 4 beautiful children, 3 of which LOVE going to church, most days. In the last 5 or 6 years, I have said Yes to Christ as my Lord and Savior again, experienced BELIEVER’S Baptism and have learned a lot from the Men’s Retreat at Big Sandy Camp for the last 4-5 years, except for last year when I was sick. I now have a small group I engage in regularly, throughout the school year, serve at a church I call my home church, and have MANY brothers and sisters in Christ that I can see and talk to about ANYTHING on a regular basis. I can’t speak for everyone, but I can say, from my experience, when you say Yes to Christ with your mouth, and believe in your heart AND mind that He is Lord and Savior of your own life, everything has a better perspective because the filter to EVERYTHING is what has Christ done for me and how can I praise Him and honor Him today with my words and actions.

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  2. Cory B says:

    I was the average Joe Christian. Went to church most Sundays and almost the second I walked out door, I did what I wanted. Claimed to be something I wasn’t and compared myself to everyone for fear of being labeled a poser.

    Now my heart is still changing, But my attitude is closer to humility and serving and less about me. Now I’m practicing patience so his will can be done and not mine. I’m ALL IN!

  3. Roger L says:

    By many accounts, Paul was successful. However, success is not measured by what you or others feel you’ve done well, but by how “well” you have done what God gave you to do!

  4. Dennis says:

    Before I totally surrendered my life and laid it on the alter, I was on the brink of death literally, living in a backslid state . Now, I am living for God and His Kingdom agenda.

  5. Eric Ludovico says:

    I was a lost sheep. I didn’t even know I belonged to a flock. When Jesus called me, I had no idea the ride that I was in for. The transformation and cleansing is a long and painful process. I Love Jesus, he is my savior.
    “Jesus knows me, this I love.”

  6. Jack Dellinger says:

    Because I didn’t know who I was, I was living a life of self-destructive activities that would at best have led to burnout. Now I have my identity as a son of God, and I find my identity in Christ.

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  7. Walter says:

    Broken and lost in this journey of life.
    Now I’m healing and trying to find my way and God’s plan for me.

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