Eutychus was a young man who experienced a miracle from Paul through the power of Christ. Paul was on His way to Jerusalem and had sailed from Philippi to Troas where he stayed a week. “On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. ‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘He’s alive!’ Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted” Acts 20:7–12.
The name Eutychus means “fortunate.” Some skeptics claim that Eutychus was not really dead but Luke, the author of Acts, who was a doctor and eyewitness to this incident confirmed that Eutychus was indeed dead. The Lord, through the apostle Paul, raised Eutychus back to life again. And the believers in Troas praised God for His miraculous intervention and broke bread. Paul continued preaching, and, as would be expected, Eutychus’s friends and family were “greatly comforted” with him among them (Acts 20:12).
Paul’s action resembles that of Elijah (1 Kings 17:21) and of Elisha (2 Kings 4:34). Like the old prophets, Paul called upon the Lord and He heard his prayer. This miracle done by the apostle Paul offered a confirmation to the early church believers of the working power of the Lord through his servant Paul. Thus, it established him as a true apostle: “the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles” (2 Corinthians 12:12).
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