October 3, 2021

I Fell Asleep With the Lights On

I Fell Asleep With the Lights On

Acts 20:7-12, New International Version

Eutychus Raised From the Dead at Troas
7 On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. 8 There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. 9 Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. 10 Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” 11 Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. 12 The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.

Eutychus’s fatigue perhaps got the best of him at a time when:  

  1. He is at church - he showed up in the right place at the right time
  2. He is hearing the word - Apostle Paul is preaching from the depths of his soul
  3. He has the benefit of both fellowship and light  - its tight and bright in the room, but Eutychus is not alone
  4. And yet, he still fell asleep leading me to ask these questions:

            A. Where were the others in the room watching him in the window?

            B. Why didn’t anyone say that is a dangerous edge to be on?

            C. Who didn’t give up their seat so that Eutychus could have a safe place?  

            D. Did he have a condition that made him prone to sleep

            E. When he was about to fall, why didn’t anyone wake him up?

In short, don’t judge Eutychus’s seat, fatigue or fall - because his seat, fatigue and fall did not result in his demise, but instead resulted in what appears to be a miracle.

5. Eutychus has life after the fall! - Guess what, the mercy and grace of GOD can allow us to also have life after the fall!  


Publish Date:

July 14, 2023

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