Acts 20:7-12 NLT
Death by preaching. Yes, apparently it has happened at least once before. Poor, young Eutychus—he didn’t come prepared for an all-night revival, and he chose a dangerous seat in the window. A bit of background is useful here. Paul was on one of his missionary trips and was leaving the next day, so this house church had a late-night meeting to allow Paul to share his message with this community. Paul wasn’t a bad preacher, but it was a very late night. We get distracted by all of that when the real purpose of this story is Paul’s ability to raise Eutychus from the dead. God was not punishing this young man; accidents happen. However, God uses this situation to reveal his power through his servant Paul. This might have been a long and not so interesting preaching message by Paul, but his message was powerfully revealed at the raising of Eutychus. Today, let us be reminded of the saving power of God’s love which leads to eternal life through Jesus.
How can this distinctive story in Acts encourage your faith today?