Day 118: Waking Up in Church

Acts 20:7-12 :

On the first day of the week, when the disciples were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and continued his speech until midnight. There were many lights in the upper room where we were gathered together. A certain young man named Eutychus sat in the window, weighed down with deep sleep. As Paul spoke still longer, being weighed down by his sleep, he fell down from the third story, and was taken up dead. Paul went down, and fell upon him, and embracing him said, “Don’t be troubled, for his life is in him.”

When he had gone up, and had broken bread, and eaten, and had talked with them a long while, even until break of day, he departed. They brought the boy in alive, and were greatly comforted.

Here we have the record of a resurrection by God through the hands of Paul. Notice, that the same Luke who speaks of resurrections as historical fact, was careful to record the number of stories in which the boy fell. Again, he demonstrates attention to historic accuracy. This was a real resurrection and we should not ignore it as if it was all just a story. There have been claims that the Holy Spirit “slays” people, but we see here that, more often, He is in the business of resurrection.

Perhaps there is a message for those who are “weighted down with deep sleep” at church or perhaps for preachers who speak “still longer!” What we know is that God can help us in our weakness and that we shouldn’t worry about our lives when God is in complete control. Even if we die too early, God is able to bring us back in order for us to finish the work He has for us. What a powerful God we have!