The Young Prodigy

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51 “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, 53 you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.”

54 Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. 55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together[b] at him. 58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

I heard a story once of a young piano prodigy who had arrived in his home town to perform a concert. After finishing his performance the crowd erupted with a standing ovation. The young prodigy quickly moved off the stage.

The venue manager was urging the young prodigy back onto the stage for a final song as the packed house applauded his performance. However the young prodigy refused as he noticed one man NOT standing. The venue manager laughed and continued to push him to return to the stage.

The young prodigy continued to refuse and said to the venue manager that the One Man not standing was his Teacher.

In the scripture above Jesus was standing receiving Stephen. This is the only time we see Jesus standing in scripture when He is with Our Father in heaven. Can we remember who we are living to please here in this fallen world? Let us so live that Jesus stands to receive us!!

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