Mnason – A Disciple form the Beginning

Preacher: Rev. John Mercer
Date: 21 March 2010
Readings: Psalm 40, II Thessalonians 2:13-3:15, Acts 21:1-16

There are 3,000 male and 800 female characters in the Bible. Some are major characters and some appear only once. Mnason was one of the latter.

He was a Cypriot, like Barnabas (who traveled with Paul) and Simeon (who carried the cross). The couple of sentences that describe him set a high standard for us to aspire to.

He was a disciple from the beginning. Mnason means “a diligent seeker”. To love the new is easy, but the disciple’s task is to become like his master. Let your increasing years be marked by an increasing joy in learning of Christ Jesus.

Manson opened his home to Paul, a very unpopular person (even among some in the early church). This was dangerous, but Mnason lived to do good. Jesus’ followers learn to love people for who they are, not for what they do. Like Simeon in the Temple, the Apostle John on Patmos and Paul’s latter years in Rome, faithful followers of Jesus keep on giving of themselves for other’s benefit to the end.

Listen here.

Creative Commons: Salamis of Cyprus by Jorge-11

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