Blessed Insanity (32 of 33) by Jerry Vines

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BLESSED INSANITY (32 of 33)
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Jerry Vines
Acts 26:19-25
5/6/01

Do you have blessed insanity? I want to read about it
in Acts 26, beginning with verse 19. We will refer to
the opening verses of the chapter also, but let me
read these verses as we begin this morning. These are
the words of the Apostle Paul as he stands giving his
testimony again. This time before King Agrippa and
Governor Festus.

In the late 1800s a man named Bishop Wright declared
that man would never be able to fly. He said, "Flight
is reserved for the angels." In 1903 his son, Wilbur,
took the first plane airborne in Kitty Hawk, North
Carolina. That was the beginning of the era of
airplanes.

Admittedly, when the Wright brothers began to fly
planes a lot of people thought that they were out of
touch with reality and that they were just a little
bit insane in the head.

Robert Fulton announced that he was going to build a
steamboat. When he built that steamboat and was giving
his first demonstration, a crowd of people gathered
and began to chant, "It will never start, it will
never start." To their utter amazement it did start,
so they began to chant, "It will never stop, it will
never stop, it will never stop."

There were many people who thought Robert Fulton was
just a little bit out of his mind—just a little bit
touched in the head to think that you could even build
a steamboat.

The Apostle Paul is giving his testimony, telling
about the difference the Lord Jesus Christ can make in
a heart and in a life. In the midst of that testimony,
there is a man named Festus who interrupts him and
says, "Paul, you have gone crazy. You have read so
many books that you are touched in the head. Paul, you
are insane."

This is not the first time, nor will it be the last
time that people who have a zeal for spiritual matters
are considered to be just a little bit off. In fact,
it even happened to the Lord Jesus Christ ...


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