Mixed Reactions To Jesus

In the Turkish city of Iconium, events unfolded in a pattern similar to that in Antioch (266).  Paul & Barnabas first went to the synagogue and spoke about Jesus.  Then they shared the same good news with Gentiles.  As a result, a great number of Jews and Gentiles became believers in Jesus.

But again the unbelieving Jews stirred up unbelieving Gentiles & tried to turn them against the believers.

Paul & Barnabas stayed in Iconium for a long time, speaking boldly about God.  God confirmed their message of his grace by doing miracles & wonders through them.

Still, the people of the city remained divided; some sided with the unbelieving Jews, while others sided with the witnesses for Jesus.

Eventually, some unbelieving Gentiles & unbelieving Jews planned to end the work of Paul & Barnabas — by stoning them to death.

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When the two witnesses learned about this plot, they moved south to the Turkish cities of Lystra & Derbe (still in the region of Lycaonia), and they began preaching the good news about Jesus there.

In Lystra there was a crippled man who had been lame from birth & had never been able to walk.  As he sat & listened to Paul’s words, the Holy Spirit helped Paul see that the crippled man believed & could be healed.  So Paul looked straight at him & said in a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!”

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Immediately, the man jumped up & started walking around!

God, please help me to love Your suffering & Your power.

(266) Acts 14:1-10