6/6/19

Good morning!

Text:  Acts 24  (Judges 13-14)

As we approach the conclusion of Acts (next week), we find Paul being subject to a series of hearings before various authorities.  One of them is the Roman procurator of Judea, a man named Felix.  There is an initial hearing, and Felix defers a decision to a later time.

After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed…   (Acts 24:24-25)

I had a friend, a relative newcomer to the faith, remark that one thing that impressed him about Christianity and the Bible was that reason is such an essential part of belief in Jesus.  “Righteousness, self control and the coming judgement” are serious topics for serious thought.   We do not believe in things we do not know, and we do not believe in things that do not make sense.  So, when we hear people suggest that to follow Jesus means we have to “leave our brains at the door,” know that such a notion is nonsense.  Yes, Jesus appeals to the heart, but he makes sense to the head at the same time.  Usually the reason people who most vehemently reject Jesus are feeling so loudly that they cannot hear themselves think.

in Him, Mike