Summary: Many think that the laying on of hands was for the early church only. I believe that God is still working through ministers to impart His blessing on His people
June 3, 2007
Text: Acts 19:1-7
Subject: The Anointing of God By the Laying on of Hands
Title: Have I Got Something for You!
I’ve shared with you before from one of my favorite book series – The Chronicles of Narnia – and I want to begin today by telling a story from the first book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. This scene takes place toward the end of the book after Aslan, the lion, (who represents Jesus) has been sacrificed on the witch’s altar so that others could live and now He has miraculously been raised from the dead. (Sound familiar?) Now he is in the witch’s courtyard where there are many statues of every kind of creature imaginable. Are you ready?
“What and extraordinary place!” cried Lucy. “All those stone animals – and people too! It’s – it’s like a museum.”
“Hush” said Susan, “Aslan’s doing something.”
He was indeed. He had bounded up to the stone lion and breathed on him. Then without waiting a moment he whisked around – almost as if he had been a cat chasing its tail – and breathed on a stone dwarf, which (as you remember) was standing a few feet back from the lion with his back to it. Then he pounced on a tall stone Dryad which stood beyond the dwarf, turning rapidly aside to deal with a stone rabbit on his right and rushed on to two centaurs. But at that moment Lucy said, “Oh Susan! Look! Look at the lion!”
I expect you’ve seen someone put a lighted match to a bit of newspaper which is propped up in a grate against an unlit fire. And for a second nothing seems to have happened; and then you notice a tiny streak of flame creeping along the edge of the newspaper.. It was like that now. For a second after aslant had breathed upon him the stone lion looked just the same. Then a tiny streak of gold began to run along his white marble back – then it spread – then the color seemed to lick all over him as the flame licks all over a bit of paper – then, while his hind quarters were still obviously stone the lion shook his mane and all the heavy stony folds rippled into living hair. Then he opened his great red mouth, warm and living, and gave a prodigious yawn. And now his hind legs had come to life. He lifted one of them and scratched himself. Then having caught sight of Aslan, he went bounding after him and frisking around him with whimpering and delight, jumping up to lick his face… (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Pages 164-165).
I want to talk to you today about what just happened in this story. Aslan (Jesus) went about breathing (the Holy Spirit) into those who were made of stone. But in the last days God is pouring out His Spirit on all flesh…
One of the ways – and not the only way – that the church can receive something from the Spirit of God today is through the laying on of hands. I want to share with you today the importance of being baptized in the Holy Spirit and being used by the Spirit in the gifts of the Spirit. Open your hearts to receive from God today.
I. THE LAYING ON OF HANDS IS FOR RECEIVING THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT. (Acts 19:1-7)