I Am Ready to be Bound and to Die for the name of the Lord Jesus


As we continue to move through Acts, we continue today in Acts 21. I am really late writing today because I got carried away in my mind with what Paul had to say and with what happened with him. While I have read the chapters before, I reread the rest of the book of Acts until the beginning of Romans. I was fascinated with God’s provision in the midst of Paul’s hardships for the sake of the gospel.

Acts 21

10 After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11 Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’”

12 When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”

There is still real, life-threatening persecution happening today for those who express hope in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. They believe that Jesus is a part of the triune god-head. As such, people all over the world suffer physical hardships. For a couple of years now, there has been a call at my church for us to pray for areas around the world in which the persecution of Christians is entrenched and acceptable.

What was more important to me this morning is bolded and italicized above. Paul, who gives his background and testimony in Acts 22 and 26, was able to have the courage in the face of impending death to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul said, “I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Paul received a prophetic reading about his future there and in Acts 9. He was told that he would be bound and handed over to the Gentiles.

Just as those who tried to dissuade Paul said, “His will be done”, so it must be of us if we will be ready “for the name of the Lord Jesus”. Jesus, Peter, Paul, or any other believer could only have achieved God’s purpose and plan in their lives by truly believing in the notion of doing God’s will over their own. After all, that is what the Lordship of Jesus Christ is all about. It is surrendering your will to God’s especially when it hurts. Undoubtedly, Jesus gave the same qualifying statement that “yet not my will, but yours be done.” We aren’t ready to say that about forgoing the next meal. How could we ever get to the point that we are willing to die for Jesus? We must understand our purpose.

In John 6:38, Jesus said, “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” Jesus, as did Paul, understood who sent Him. Both understood that they were here to do God’s will not their own. In order for us to be able to say I Am Ready to be Bound and to Die for the name of the Lord Jesus, we must understand our purpose. We must understand that God called us for Himself, not for a nice car, big house, fine clothes, prestige, but for the proclamation of Jesus Christ – in our character and in our actions (ref).

We should meditate on the Acts 21:13 and John 15:5,16. “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18 Must commit our minds to thinking as God thinks; then, we can act like Jesus and Paul who were ready to be bound and die for the name of the Lord Jesus.

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