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10/10 Acts 4

Back in Chapter 3, Peter healed the crippled beggar and now the Sadducees have Peter and John arrested for teaching about the resurrection of the dead through Jesus.  So they are put in jail overnight and the next day brought before the rulers and High Priest.  They asked Peter by what power he healed the man.  This is his response:

8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, 10then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11He is the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.12Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking Peter is on fire, nothing can shut him up.  They realized it too.  They realized that Peter was just an ordinary person with no schooling and no great oratory skills.  However after 3 years with Jesus you can never be the same.  I think that holds true today.

13When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. 14But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 16“What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everybody living in Jerusalem knows they have done an outstanding miracle, and we cannot deny it. 17But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name.”

So the rules take their best shot at it.  You don’t speak or teach about Jesus or you’ll… you…. you’ll be in big trouble mister.  You got that.

18Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. 20For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

Peter’s response:  You don’t frighten us, sorry.  Many people today are in places where they are not allowed by law to speak about Jesus.  So even though they can hear about Jesus from you doesn’t mean they can’t see Jesus from you.

October 10, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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