From Wed 9/28/11: A God who knows my name, and speaks my language

Open: Story (weird phrases from the around the world)


  • A Swiss man, looking for directions, pulls up at a bus stop where two Americans are waiting.
  • “Entschuldigung, koennen Sie Deutsch sprechen?” he asks. The two Americans just stare at him.
  • “Excusez-moi, parlez vous Francais?” he tries. The two continue to stare.
  • “Parlare Italiano?” No response.
  • “Hablan ustedes Espanol?” Still nothing.
  • The Swiss guy drives off, extremely disgusted. The first American turns to the second and says, “Y’know, maybe we should learn a foreign language.”
  • “Why?” says the other. “That guy knew four languages, and it didn’t do him any good.”

Read Acts 2:1-12

  • Jews from all over the Roman Empire would come to Jerusalem for their appointed feasts, Pentecost was one of those come-to-Jerusalem times
  • We know that this is the birth of the church, the day that world was turned upside down with the message and hope of the Gospel…but consider  what’s taking place here
  • Acts 2:9-10, “Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs: (God is bringing people together)
    • 15 different nations, different languages or dialects and God sends the Holy Spirit on the 12, and they begin to speak the wonders of God, and these folks hear the apostles in their own languages
    • Regardless of the language barrier, God is concerned about all people
    • The message of the cross and the resurrection is good news for all people, of all languages, it is the same story

Though it may sound different in Thailand, or Africa – the story of God loving mankind, and pursuing us through the coming of His Son, and his sacrifice on our behalves and conquering death is the same story

  • The response to this message is the same in all languages – consider Acts 2:37-39
  • We can and should rejoice that God knows our name and speaks our language
    • God knows our name
      • He knows he we were made (Psalm 139), our dreams, our futures, our failures, our triumphs, he knows us better than we know ourselves
  • We read the Bible in English (by the way some 400 plus year history ), and it also has been translated into many languages – different language, same story, same God, same love, same Christ, same cross, same hope!
  • The rest of the book of Acts unfolds revealing the good news of God who is concerned all people
    • Acts 1:8, Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth
    • John 3:16, no matter how it is translated the message is clear that we have a God that loves us, a God that won’t give up on mankind
      • John 3:16-18 Message, “16-18“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”

About Jason Retherford

The random musings of a youth minister.
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