Acts 20:7-12 (MSG)
We met on Sunday to worship and celebrate the Master’s Supper. Paul addressed the congregation. Our plan was to leave first thing in the morning, but Paul talked on, way past midnight. We were meeting in a well-lighted upper room. A young man named Eutychus was sitting in an open window. As Paul went on and on, Eutychus fell sound asleep and toppled out the third-story window. When they picked him up, he was dead.
Paul went down, stretched himself on him, and hugged him hard. “No more crying,” he said. “There’s life in him yet.” Then Paul got up and served the Master’s Supper. And went on telling stories of the faith until dawn! On that note, they left—Paul going one way, the congregation another, leading the boy off alive, and full of life themselves.
Imagine that! While you are speaking, someone just falls asleep and drops out of the window! How humiliating.
Was Paul boring and monotonous as he spoke on into the night? I’m sure he tried to be exciting and persuasive.
It took a very sudden and dramatic disaster for God to get everyone’s attention. Through the Holy Spirit Paul raises Eutychus from the dead.
Paul’s actions while operating in the miraculous were far more powerful than hours of preaching about it. Without the manifestation his speech is dead.