Sunday Pulpit Series
From the Cross to the Throne: 3
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
The cross represents Christ’s crucifixion. Christ’s crucifixion represents His humiliation, reproach and shame.
Acts 8:33 NKJV
“In His humiliation His justice was taken away,
And who will declare His generation?
For His life is taken from the earth.”
The Ethiopian eunuch was reading this scripture when evangelist Philip stopped his chariot. An angel had instructed Philip to leave the revival in Samaria, and go stand by the Gaza roadside.
Acts 8:26 NKJV
“Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert.”
The Early Church abounded in supernatural guidance. The apostles and disciples, commonly had divine instructions from angels, the Holy Spirit, visions and dreams.
The angel didn’t tell Philip the reason why he had to to leave a great revival in a city, and go and stand in the desert, but Philip obeyed. Obedience is more important to God than explanation. God had a plan.
Acts 8:27 NKJV
“So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship,”
The Ethiopian eunuch had traveled a very great distance of about 1,600 miles, to come and worship Jehovah.
He was returning home without the religious experience, that he sought at such a great cost. The cost of his journey was threefold.
•Time: This journey would take several weeks, one way.
•Money: The Ethiopian eunuch would have to travel with a large convoy, meaning he would be catering for a large company for several weeks.
•Physical stress: Such a journey was very stressful and physically taxing on the body.
The Ethiopian paid the price, because he wanted a spiritual encounter with Jehovah.
Isaiah 55:6 NKJV
“Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.”
May you have a fulfilling encounter with the Lord, as you go to church.