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Summary: A sermon with an evangelistic edge preached at a Baptismal service.

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Finding what you’re looking for. WBC 6 Feb 05am. Acts 8:26-40

(Baptismal service of Sarah Logan)

A man is stumbling through the woods totally drunk when he comes upon a preacher baptising people in the river.

He proceeds to walk into the water and subsequently bumps into the preacher. The preacher turns around and is almost overcome by the smell of alcohol, whereupon he asks the drunk, "Are YOU ready to find Jesus?"

The drunk answers, "Uh, what?... yeah!." So the preacher grabs him and dunks him in the water. He pulls him up and asks the drunk, "Brother have you found Jesus?" The drunk replies, "No, I haven’t found Jesus."

The preacher shocked at the answer, dunks him into the water again for a little longer this time. He again pulls him out of the water and asks again, "Have you found Jesus my brother?" The drunk again answers, "No, I haven’t found Jesus."

By this time the preacher is at his wits end and dunks the drunk in the water again---but this time holds him down for about 30 seconds and when he begins kicking his arms and legs he pulls him up. The preacher again asks the drunk, "Tell me.. tell me.. tell me- have you found Jesus!?"

The drunk wipes his eyes and catches his breath and says to the preacher, "Are you sure this is where he fell in?"

Listen- that’s fabricated… and we don’t force baptise people! But it is funny!

THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH

This man found what he was looking for

Actually- your heart really warms to him:

he was a man of great influence and power

- in charge of the treasury of the Queen of Ethiopia

- in fact: tradition has it that he “went on his way rejoicing”, (v39) all the way to the Queen who recognised his story as what SHE was looking for, too

o (Ethiopians long influenced by what came out of Jerusalem

 Queen of Sheba (Ethiopia) went to hear Solomon’s wisdom, and became a monotheist)

o And as a result the Ethiopian church was founded. Became the Coptic church

- Whatever: he was one of the first followers of Jesus in Africa

Man of influence and power but

- a deeply humble man

o when someone pops up at his chariot and asks ‘do you understand what you’re reading?’, he doesn’t tell him to “bog off!”. Says “No, I don’t. I need help to understand”

- a deeply spiritual man

o Here he is, reading a bit of the Jewish Scriptures. Is 53

o Searching. “Still hasn’t found what he’s looking for”

o Has been up to Jerusalem to worship

 Judaism was a magnet to those of spiritual integrity

Yet- this must have left him still searching and probably frustrated

- maybe why he was so engrossed by this passage: “Who can speak of his descendants?...”

o he could have no children. Was a Eunuch

o probably to ensure security in the Queen’s house

- but the knock on effect was could not fully convert to Judaism, become a proselyte… worship in the temple

o it’s that verse that makes you wince DT 23:1 No one who has been castrated by crushing or cutting may enter the assembly of the LORD.

Poor bloke. Yet he is such a genuine seeker- he keeps coming back and seeking… even though he is partially rejected… because he can see there is truth in what the Jews believed


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