Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Acts 28:23-28 NLT

So a time was set, and on that day a large number of people came to Paul’s lodging. He explained and testified about the Kingdom of God and tried to persuade them about Jesus from the Scriptures. Using the law of Moses and the books of the prophets, he spoke to them from morning until evening. Some were persuaded by the things he said, but others did not believe. And after they had argued back and forth among themselves, they left with this final word from Paul:

“The Holy Spirit was right when he said to your ancestors through Isaiah the prophet,

‘Go and say to this people: When you hear what I say, you will not understand. When you see what I do, you will not comprehend. For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes— so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.’ So I want you to know that this salvation from God has also been offered to the Gentiles, and they will accept it.”

Reflection . . .

There are going be people who will not believe. They cannot see or understand for any number of reasons. That should not hinder us from sharing the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. We must pray that people’s hearts and minds will be open to receive, that their ears will be ready to listen, and that their eyes will be opened to see it! Why do we all need this Good News of Salvation? We need it because we need His healing. We need His touch and rescue from sin and death.

Just as the Apostle Paul shared his faith, we too are to proclaim the Good News that Jesus Christ is Born! He is with us. He has come to save us all, we just need to believe and receive.