How the Gospel Spread to Africa

“And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship” (Acts 8:27)

At the time after Jesus’s death and resurrection, the disciples were zealous for God and travelled the region spreading the gospel to different parts of the world. Phillip preached in the regions of Samaria and one day an angel instructed him to travel to the south towards a road that goes down from Jerusalem towards Gaza. (Acts 8:26)

When Phillip got there he sees the Ethiopian eunuch, who had come to Jerusalem to worship, returning in his chariot while reading the writings of the Prophet Isaiah. The Holy Spirit prompts Phillip to join the eunuch and on approaching he heard him reading. Phillip asks if he understood what he was reading. Phillip proceeds to explain to the eunuch that Isaiah prophesied about Jesus Christ. Of his birth, ministry, crucifixion and his ascension into heaven. (Acts 8:27-35)

The eunuch is so excited about hearing the good news. “And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?””(Acts 8:36) The eunuch is baptised and went on his way rejoicing, having received the good news of Jesus Christ.

The eunuch’s position within Ethiopia was strategic given his influence and ability to spread the gospel within the northern regions of Africa. At that time in the gospels we see the disciples being sent to strategic people with influence within their own societies who could proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.

A.P.-Y.

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