The Journey’s End (Acts 28)

Heart of a Shepherd

Jan 29, 2023

Translations

Arabic

نهاية الرحلة (أعمال 28)

Urdu

سفر کا اختتام (اعمال 28)

Malay

Tamat Perjalanan (Kisah 28)

Persian

پایان سفر (اعمال رسولان 28)

Tagalog

Ang Wakas ng Paglalakbay (Mga Gawa 28)

Swahili

Mwisho wa Safari (Matendo 28)

Dutch

Het einde van de reis (Handelingen 28)

Italian

La fine del viaggio (Atti 28)

Romanian

Sfârșitul călătoriei (Fapte 28)

Haitian Creole

Fen vwayaj la (Travay 28)

Greek

Το τέλος του ταξιδιού (Πράξεις 28)

Vietlabelse

Hành trình kết thúc (Công vụ 28)

French

La fin du voyage (Actes 28)

Korean

여정의 끝(사도행전 28장)

Swedish

Resans slut (Apg 28)

Ukrainian

Кінець подорожі (Дії 28)

Japanese

旅の終わり(使徒28章)

Danish

Rejsens afslutning (Apostelgerninger 28)

Chinese (Simplified)

旅程的终点(使徒行传 28)

Croatian

Kraj putovanja (Djela 28)

Hebrew

סוף המסע (מעשי השליחים 28)

Russian

Конец путешествия (Деяния 28)

French (Canada)

La fin du voyage (Actes 28)

Chinese (Traditional)

旅程的終點(使徒行傳 28)

German

Das Ende der Reise (Apostelgeschichte 28)

Spanish

El final del viaje (Hechos 28)

Portuguese

O Fim da Jornada (Atos 28)

Thai

จุดจบของการเดินทาง (กิจการ 28)

Hindi

यात्रा का अंत (अधिनियम 28)

The Journey’s End (Acts 28)

Scripture reading - Acts 28



Today's Scripture reading brings us to the conclusion of our study of The Acts of the Apostles. Our study in this book has taken us from the historic proofs of Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead, and His public appearances (Acts 1:1-3), to the commissioning His apostles (Acts 1:4-8), before His ascension to heaven (Acts 1:9). With the angelic promise that Jesus would return (Acts 1:10-11), the disciples had returned to an “upper room” (Acts 1:12-13) and waited for the fulfillment of the promised coming of the Holy Spirit. With the anointing of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1), fifty days after the Passover and the death of Christ on the Cross, the evangelistic thrust of the 1st century church began.

 

There have been many other events recorded in the Book of Acts that were essential to the historical narrative of the early church, including the death of Stephen, the first of many martyrs (Acts 7:55-8:1). The salvation of Saul, the persecutor of the early church (Acts 8:1; 9:1-9) was a great milestone, who became Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles (Acts 9:10-16). We have followed Paul and his three missionary journeys, and the spread of the Gospel throughout Asia, Greece, and Europe (reaching as far west as Spain).

 

Assailed by the religious leaders of the Jews who would have killed him (Acts 21-26), Paul appealed to Caesar for judgment, and arrangements were made for him to be taken to Rome. As a prisoner on a ship sailing for Rome, Paul turned the occasion of a great storm and shipwreck into an opportunity to share God’s revelation that all lives on the ship would be saved, for he “must be brought before Caesar” (Acts 27:23-25).  



The ship ran aground on the island “called Melita” (modern-day Malta, Acts 28:1). As Paul and the others warmed themselves around a fire, God miraculously spared the apostle’s life when a poisonous viper took hold of his hand (Acts 28:3). Those who witnessed the viper’s attack wondered if Paul was being punished for some wicked deed, but then they marveled he did not perish (Acts 28:4-6). God spared Paul’s life as a testimony that the power of God rested upon him (Acts 28:6).

Acts 28 concluded with Paul’s safe travel and arrival in Rome (Acts 28:11-31), where he had secured private lodging with Roman guards permitting him to receive fellow believers (Acts 28:11-16). In an incredible testimony of God’s providence, and Paul’s passion for preaching the Gospel, the apostle’s “house” imprisonment in Rome opened the door for him to not share his own conversion and calling with Jewish leaders (Acts 28:17-22). He boldly declared to all who would listen that Jesus is the Christ, the long-awaited, suffering Messiah foretold by the prophet Isaiah (Acts 28:23-31; Isaiah 53).

 

Closing thoughts (Acts 28:30-31) - Our study in the Book of Acts concludes with Paul being a prisoner of Rome, but dwelling two full years in his own rented house (Acts 28:30). Though confined, Paul used the opportunity to be a witness to all his guests, as well as to the guards assigned to him. We read, Paul continued “Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him” (Acts 28:31).

 

Tomorrow, our chronological reading of the Scriptures will bring us to Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians, a letter he wrote while a prisoner in Rome.

 

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