“All of Jesus’ followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for the wonderful Life they had seen.”
I suppose that this is what broken believers do. There is an essential element of being together in this verse. It feeds faith which can get pretty hungry. The faithful followers will inevitably flock together. There are very few solitary people following the Lord Jesus.
They gather to a person. Not a religion, creed, formula or pattern. Many will sort this out as time goes on. Jesus is our Lord and master and friend, not a “Powerpoint” presentation. It’s Jesus! We come together because we love Him, and we’ve been told that He loves us as well. That reciprocal love is why we were created.
Within this intimate assemblage we can hear spontaneous shouting. Some will sing. It will get raucous and loud. Their enthusiasm is focused on Him, “the wonderful Life.” Frankly, these are not quiet people. I don’t know how you feel about this. (Maybe, you just need to adjust?)
Often, we get moody and withdrawn. Depression can thin out the ranks quicker than anything. It is like a communicable disease that spreads from person to person. I have become a victim, and a carrier myself. For me, as a broken believer I must seek out an inoculation for my brooding.
The verse talks about the walk. And yes, there is a definite walk! Within the rabbinical pattern of first century discipleship, the student would copy his teacher as closely as possible. He would dress like his teacher, talk like his teacher, and walk like his teacher. Imitation was the highest honor you could bestow.
The verse talks about “what they had seen.” They were observers. That means they had to get closer to the action. Seeing something, or someone up close makes you a witness, an eye witness. You need to get closer, and see for yourself this Jesus, who is the Lord and Savior of the whole world.
- Praying for Our Church Family from Acts 15 (trinitytuscaloosa.wordpress.com)
- Why New Believers Struggle with Their Faith BY Pastor Asa Dockery (trinityspeaks.wordpress.com)
- I need you (eelllleebbaannaa.wordpress.com)
- God’s Gift to the Broken Ones: Isaiah 61 (brokenbelievers.com)