So Paul and Barnabus were having an impact. John Mark went home. There is not much said about the whys or the significance of John Mark leaving the group but suffice it to say it would become significant to Paul and Barnabus later. For now, the men continued. As they were in a different Antioch, they were asked to say a few words…Pauk arose and gave the sermon of His life. Paul explained John the Baptist versus.
More Precisely, Paul spoke to the difference between prophet and Savior, and Jesus’ relationship to David. Jesus was clearly the Messiah. He was no Prophet; He was not just a good man. No Jesus was God with Us. He was the one spoken about since Adam and Eve, He healed the sick, raised the dead, was friend to the friendless and called the religious hierarchy out for their hypocrisy. Mostly, Jesus was the Lamb who was slain. He is the Savior. Most folks were willing to listen and as the spirit moved, it changed their lives.
Like Paul and Barnabus, we must stay on mission. It is rarely easy; the enemy will do anything to distract or defeat us. We never know from where the attack will come, but we can be sure that it will indeed come. We must pray, seek Him, and trust God to carry out our sanctification until He calls us home to be with Him. Paul gives us a hint, in Ephesians 6. We must put on God’s full armor to stay in the battle and finish victoriously. If we will arm ourselves with the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of Righteousness, the belt of truth, shod our feet with the readiness of the Gospel. Then we grab our shield of faith and the sword of truth and press on to take hold pf that for which Christ took hold of us. We need not fear. For God is with us and will give us opportunities to change lives and win battles on His behalf.
God Bless You
13 Now Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. And John left them and returned to Jerusalem, 14 but they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. And on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down. 15 After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it.” 16 So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said:
“Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen. 17 The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it. 18 And for about forty years he put up with[b] them in the wilderness. 19 And after destroying seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance. 20 All this took about 450 years. And after that he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. 21 Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22 And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ 23 Of this man’s offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised. 24 Before his coming, John had proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but behold, after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’
26 “Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation. 27 For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. 28 And though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29 And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from the dead, 31 and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. 32 And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, 33 this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm,
“‘You are my Son,
today I have begotten you.’
34 And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way,
“‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’
35 Therefore he says also in another psalm,
“‘You will not let your Holy One see corruption.’
36 For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption, 37 but he whom God raised up did not see corruption. 38 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and by him everyone who believes is freed[c] from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. 40 Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about:
41 “‘Look, you scoffers,
be astounded and perish;
for I am doing a work in your days,
a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you.’”
42 As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath. 43 And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God.