The gospel that went from Jerusalem to Samaria had the same “content,” as we saw yesterday: it was about Israel’s history, about Jesus as Messiah, and about the kingdom of God. We might then say it is about a Person and the Society around that Person. Now we turn in Acts 8 and Philip and the Ethiopian:
32 The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture:
?He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.?
34 The eunuch asked Philip, ?Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?? 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ?Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?? 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.
1. The gospel is about Jesus — again.
2. This Jesus was anticipated in Isa 53’s suffering servant who was treated unjustly, kept quiet in his suffering, and was raised by God.
3. This passage is a bridge to the gospel itself — the gospel then is about the suffering servant Jesus.
4. This gospel was spread by Philip by preaching the Mediterranean coastal plain.