Whisper

**Read Acts 8:26-40**

*So Philip began at this place in the Scriptures and explained the good news about Jesus. (Acts 8:35 CEV)*

We have two kids (5 and 2) and as part of our family rhythm, most mornings we read a story together from their children’s Bible. They love it. In fact, if we forget they will often remind us that we haven’t read our story yet. The Bible we use primarily is called “The Jesus Storybook Bible” by Sally Lloyd-Jones. It has amazing artwork and she has crafted the language of the stories in such a way that moves me even as an adult. One of the primary ideas behind this children’s Bible is that the whole of scripture is pointing to Jesus. In some of the opening lines the author says, “Every story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle — the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture. ” This is what came to mind when I read this text. The Ethiopian eunuch was reading from Isaiah (a prophetic book written well before Jesus life and death) and he did not understand. Phillip, however, recognized that this story, “whispers his name” and he used it to preach the good news of Jesus to the man. He didn’t over-complicate things. He really just gave the universal children’s sermon/Sunday school answer to every question: Jesus! Who was Isaiah talking about? Jesus! Who was born on Christmas? Jesus! What is the answer to 5 + 5? Jesus! You get the idea. Phillip simply directed the man’s attention to Jesus, he believed and was baptized. Amazing. Amazing what happens when we don’t over-complicate things or when we major in the majors or keep the main thing the main thing… however we want to put it.

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