We Believe It So We Might As Well Live Like It


On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered. And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. But Paul went down and bent over him, and taking him in his arms, said, "Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him." And when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed. And they took the youth away alive, and were not a little comforted. — Acts 20:7-12

So Paul and his seven men are all in Troas. And they are waiting to leave by ship. And Paul is investing every waking minute he has with believers teaching into the early hours of the morning. They are in a room filled with oil lamps burning, and this young man Eutychus who is sitting in the window, perhaps trying to get some fresh air, is wooed to sleep by a long-winded pastor in an oxygen-depleted room.

And something unfortunate happens. This young man falls to sleep and drops backward out of a three-story window, and dies. And right when you think hope is lost, they all run down out of the house to stand over a young man that Paul raises from the dead. And thus, Eutychus becomes numbered with a few people in the New Testament who share one thing in common — an incredible resurrection story. Among them are a widow's son, Jairus's daughter, Lazarus, and Dorcas, all raised from the dead.

But in this present case, there are some interesting parallels to the resurrection of Jesus. You see, it was springtime in Troas and right around Easter. You may recall the note in the previous verses about Paul celebrating the feast of Unleavened Bread. This means the Passover had just ended, as did the remembrance of Jesus's resurrection. This event probably fell on the following week, but you'll notice it was Sunday, which was the day of Jesus's resurrection. And since we know Paul well, we know the central message of his preaching was the resurrection. Everything hinged on this event for Paul. This is what he preached consistently — Jesus's resurrection from the dead. But his sermon on this night came with a vivid real-time illustration of resurrection.

We sometimes live the Christian life and forget that we believe that a man, Jesus, was raised from the dead. We live a very natural life. One that is detached from resurrection experiences. Yet, it is this one event that gives us hope more than any other. And we should live like resurrection people. Not just people who hear sermons preached about resurrection but people that live as we believe in a resurrection. We should walk out into life fearless of death. This is not to be careless, but to be full of faith, believing that God can do anything he wants at any time. And if he wants to raise a young man fallen from a window dead — he will. This is not outside of his ability. He has done it before, many times, and he can do it again.

So today, don't go about living life scared of death. Death is simply a means of moving from the land of the dying into the land of the living. And while you are living, live all the life you are given. Get out there and tell the great news of a man who defeated death — Jesus. He is our living hope.

ASK THIS: How do you need to live out your resurrection faith?

DO THIS: Live fearlessly.

PRAY THIS: God, you are my resurrection and life. Allow me an opportunity to tell this story today.

PLAY THIS: Phil Wickham - Living Hope.


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19 thoughts on “We Believe It So We Might As Well Live Like It

  1. Dennis James says:

    Another timely message. When so many fear Covid . My wife and I had Covid in July 2020 and we still have antibodies. We have lost a few people that were close to us recently, and yes it is tragic . EWhen we had Covid it was scary , mostly because of media hype. Recently, I started to trust wholly in the power of our risen Lord. I do not fear Covid any longer. God knows our allotted time when He will call us home. Bottom line… Faith.

  2. Charles Fehr says:

    My DEAREST BLESSED VINCE praise you and your uplifting teachings. Acts is a wonderful study and you seem to always try to bring it to life with maps n pictures. I did notice one greatest things that you missed in today’s teachings which I love to share. EUTYCHUS FELL FROM A 3RD STORY WINDOW. That number 3 is a every so great number in the BIBLE. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR TEACHINGS. From a stage 4 cancer survivor with only 7-10 days to live. That was almost 6 years ago. Hummm I know THAT MY FATHER HAD HIS HAND IN THAT. PREACH ON AND STAY STRONG.

      • Charles F says:

        AMEN MY BROTHER, MY GROWTH WITH THE LORD IS AN INDESCRIBABLE BLESSING. My 4th stagecancer was a BLESSING in itself. People call me crazy because I can never again eat or drink and lost a vocal cord and have a trach due to the aggressive radiation treatments that was the only side effects no burns or other symptoms they claimed that I will endure guaranteed. HE brought me to HIS pasture and protected me as promised since the very beginning of this ordeal. More to say but that is enough for now.
        PREACH ON
        STAY STRONG.


  3. Cory B says:

    I too have had plenty of moments of moping around and worrying about what others might think. Trying to fix things on my own and living the selfish life. Life is so much easier when I reach out to other men with similar values or open up the Bible and read. Even when I might have a bad couple days, I pick up the Book and start skimming through all my highlights and it rejuvenates me to get over it. Accept God’s grace and forgiveness and start living the life He has prepared for me. His will, not mine.

  4. Jeff B. says:

    It is always funny how God uses men as yourself to open eyes of fellow believers about how to live life. We get so caught up in the physical life we live, we forget how temporary this life is. Life eternal with Jesus is what we will have, and you reminded me of that this day. Thank you for the message and the reminder to be excited about someday moving into the land of the living, that is what I need to focus on more and more.

  5. Trent says:

    I was convicted by a very similar message yesterday from a book I am reading. The message I keep receiving is this, do not take the gift of life simply as a security in death. Simply your ticket to heaven. All the while moping and complaining in this life. Live as if you serve a RISEN CHRIST! One who is coming again. One who has, is, and will work miracles. One who LOVES YOU! And at this message I feel the pangs of shame for ever having a frown on my face. For ever lying idle, depressed, just waiting to die. Father forgive me. Help me focus on the GOOD NEWS. Spread it to others. Live a life that others see and want for themselves. A life that more accurately represents what it feels like to be BORN AGAIN!

  6. Jack Dellinger says:

    9 And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.
    20 But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.
    21 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. 22 Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. 23 But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back. 1 Corinthians 15:19-23

    I try to never lose focus that my citizenship is in heaven and I am merely a visitor on this earth. When I was working I made many international trips. I protected two items on each trip; my American Passport and my plane ticket home. My passport to heaven is the applied blood to my sin and my ticket is the Word of God.

  7. Tom says:

    Thanks Pastor Vince. Chris IN us, THE hope of glory! I am NOT ashamed of THE Gospel. It IS THE power of God to us who believe.

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