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Acts 8:31-40

“…and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.” Since the fall of man in the garden in Gen. 3:15, the Old Testament prophesied about the coming Savior, the Messiah. This Jewish Ethiopian man had come all the way from Ethiopia to Jerusalem in search of truth. As he was leaving the city on the way home, he had probably heard about this Jesus who had been killed and all of His Christian followers. Now on his way home, he is searching the Bible to find out for himself what the prophets foretold about Jesus. God knows this man’s heart and sends Phillip to help him on his journey. In the middle of the desert Phillip tells him the good news and shares the good news message and water baptism. This honest seeker of truth can wait no longer. When he sees the water he stops, to be united with Christ in the waters of baptism. (Ref. Rom. 6) “…and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.” Acts 8:31-40 ESV [31] And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. [32] Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth. [33] In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.” [34] And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” [35] Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. [36-37] And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” [38] And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. [39] And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. [40] But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.