Therefore

Therefore

Acts 28:28 ““Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!”

Paul sees that he has been sent and Israel was his first love, he desired so much for them to hear the gospel but he has been rejected just like Isaiah. I can picture tears in his eyes as he announces the gospel has been sent to the Gentiles and whereas the Jews reject they will accept.

We need wisdom to understand that at times ‘therefore’ is waiting to be used:

Because of the fact that Jesus is eternal … Acts 2: 26 “Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope”

Because of the fact that Jesus is the One the prophets were looking for and who has been raised to life … Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

Because there were others like the Apostles who were gathering crowds of people, like Theudas and Judas the Galilean, but both came to nothing, Gamaliel said … Acts 2:38 “Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.”

Because the Gentiles were turning to God but not to Jewish practices, at the Council of Jerusalem, James stood up and quoted the prophet Amos and then stated … Acts 15:19 “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.”

Because Paul knew he would never see the Ephesian elders again referring to his past he says … Acts 20:26 “Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you.”

Therefore …

Because of who Jesus is, therefore … how will you decide to live?

Because of what Jesus did, therefore … what does this prove to you?

Because of your experience of past events, therefore … what decision will you make?

Because of you reading the Word of God, therefore … how will this shape your thinking and action?

Because you are moving on, therefore … what will you say today to bring comfort to those you leave behind?

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