Acts 20:7–16 (ESV)
Eutychus Raised from the Dead
7 On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. 8 There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered.
9 And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. 10 But Paul went down and bent over him, and taking him in his
arms, said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.” 11 And when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed. 12 And they took the youth away alive, and were not a little
13 But going ahead to the ship, we set sail for Assos, intending to take Paul aboard there, for so he had arranged, intending himself to go by land. 14 And when he met us at Assos, we took him
on board and went to Mitylene. 15 And sailing from there we came the following day opposite Chios; the next day we touched at Samos; and the day after that we went to Miletus. 16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend
time in Asia, for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.
The name Eutychus means “fortunate” and boy was he! He falls asleep in a window while Paul
is speaking. He falls three floors to his death... and Paul raises the fortunate young man back to life. What a miracle. I also see a miracle in that all these people were staying up past midnight listening to Paul. I get patted on
the back when I keep a worship service under an hour and here these people have probably been listening for a long time. The text does say that he delayed his speech until midnight, so even if it were short... most people in my congregation would have
been snoring in their beds at midnight. Now granted that I am not Paul. I do hear of churches today that they gather to study the Bible around 6PM and they are still studying it at midnight. I must admit that I am jealous. This excites
me! These people are hungry for God’s Word! Wow!
I pray! O Lord, I pray for people to hunger for God’s Word! We live in a world where most Christians are not reading your Word,
nor do they hunger for it. We live in a world where people are more interested in holding on to worldly views, but want to still hold on to the Christian title. Help us to shed our worldly passions and to desire to model our life after your Word
and Your Will. Amen!