There went with us also certain of the disciples of Caesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple…
teaches us —
I. HOW THAT WITH INCREASING YEARS SHOULD COME AN INCREASING DELIGHT IN LEARNING OF CHRIST. Mnason was a disciple still, although there is a tradition that he was one of the seventy, and there was much for him yet to learn, which was probably his motive for meeting Paul. His name is suggestive in this light — diligent seeker, exhorter, or one who remembers. Those who begin early to runt often slacken their pace as the journey lengthens. Time is the test of true piety, and Mnason's stood this test. Some live only on a past experience; years ago they were justified by faith, and yet they have not passed far on from the entrance to Christianity. But Mnason appears to have been known as a disciple rich in experience and knowledge, and still progressing.
II. HOW THAT WITH ADDED YEARS SHOULD COME INCREASING DESIRE TO BE HELPFUL TO OTHERS. Readily Mnason seems to have placed his house at Paul's disposal and to have undertaken a long journey to meet him. Nor was it without risk, as subsequent events prove. Many are ready to help only when it colts nothing but words or a small coin. And then the aged are not always of a helpful spirit. Their sympathies are with the past, and their antipathies with the present, and so their influence is depressing. Old age often brings moroseness, but the spirit of this old man must have not only cheered St. Paul and doubtless others, but have been a joy to himself in advancing years (Psalm 92:14).
III. THAT A GOOD OLD AGE IS SUGGESTIVE OF IMMORTALITY. Surely there is something beyond, some further use for, the matured knowledge and experience, and the high attainments of Mnason and such as he. Those who come to the grave as shocks of corn fully ripe will be re-sown to give a larger, richer harvest in eternity. Conclusion:
1. In some aged men the results seem unworthy of the length of life. Days have come and gone like the tides that ebb and flow, and there is no more change in them than in the water-worn rock.
2. Some aged men are not "old disciples," but old sinners. Yet thank God even then old men by penitence and faith may become disciples.
Parallel VersesKJV: There went with us also certain of the disciples of Caesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge.