Summary: This message allows us to discover how we can make an escape from the troubles of this world by identifying our struggles and identifying our escape route
Resurrection Encounters Part IX: A Remarkable Escape Acts 9:1-19 CBC June 10, 2007
The magician then said, "Sir, I am a professional. This is the Greatest Illusion. Besides, there are hundreds of witnesses, hit me as hard as you can right in the head with the hammer."
The man shrugged, did it, and the Magician went flying across the stage, hit the wall, and immediately fell into a coma. He was rushed to the hospital, and remained in the coma for years.
Ten years later, he came out of the coma, looked around, and said "Ta DA!!"
I have always been fascinated with magic and how they can make magical things happen. I have always found it interesting to read about Harry Houdini and his remarkable escapes from chains and locks while submerged under water. Last month at the block party we had the opportunity to witness the magical works of Steve Lindsay as he performed many marvelous tricks. And if you have signed up for lunch with us today you are in for a special treat as well as he will be sharing even more amazing tricks. And Steve if it is okay, let’s just put to rest this rumor that you are not going to make me disappear, right.
Well before we go and eat dinner together, I want us to look at a story in which we discover a man who makes a remarkable escape. It’s an escape that surpasses anything that Houdini could do or even David Copperfield or David Blaine. For it is a remarkable escape from a life of ruin to a life of freedom found in Christ. And it is an opportunity for all of us to look at our lives and discover if we need to make a remarkable escape from the chains and locks that are binding us together as well. So as we continue our study of Resurrection Encounters this morning I want us to look at the beginning of this remarkable escape and how you and I can experience a remarkable escape from the dangers of this life as well.
It is so important that we understand this remarkable escape that Paul will make. It is so important that Luke decides to record the story of how Paul escaped three times in Acts alone. I encourage you today to write down this ways that you and I can have a remarkable escape from the troubles of life.
The first thing that is needed in order to make a remarkable escape is:
1: We Must Identify Our Struggles (1-2)
Saul’s struggles begin very early in our passage. The very first verse of Chapter 9 shows how Paul felt about Christians. Now to understand this man named Saul, you must understand that he was a Jew. And not just any ordinary Jew. He was a smart Jew and he honestly believed that Christianity was getting in the way of Judaism and was a threat to Judaism and so he felt compelled to kill any Christians because he saw them as a threat to God and to Christianity. Now Saul was not just some deranged or craze person but was very religious, well educated, and ambitious person. He was passionate about his beliefs, he just believed in the wrong things. He was an up and coming star in his faith and he was one that said either believe in what I believe or I (Saul) believe that you should die. There was no wiggle room.