Raised to Life
April 28, 2019 • Jovan Barrington
As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. – Acts 8:36-38 (NIV) Philip is instructed by an angel of the Lord to travel a desert road between Jerusalem and Gaza. While traveling he encounters an Ethiopian eunuch who was reading aloud from the prophet Isaiah (chapter 53:7-8). Through the Spirit’s guidance Philip teaches the eunuch about Jesus, the suffering servant in whom Isaiah prophesies.
The Comeback King
April 14, 2019 • Jovan Barrington
They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” – John 12:13 Jesus enters into Jerusalem and the beginning of the Passover festival with much fanfare. Many have witnessed him raising dead Lazarus to life and are now whipped into a triumphant frenzy. The scene was typical for when a city would welcome a returning king from the victory of battle.