Tuesday Inspiration 8.5.14

Acts 4

1-4 While Peter and John were addressing the people, the priests, the chief of the Temple police, and some Sadducees came up, indignant that these upstart apostles were instructing the people and proclaiming that the resurrection from the dead had taken place in Jesus. They arrested them and threw them in jail until morning, for by now it was late in the evening. But many of those who listened had already believed the Message—in round numbers about five thousand!

5-7 The next day a meeting was called in Jerusalem. The rulers, religious leaders, religion scholars, Annas the Chief Priest, Caiaphas, John, Alexander—everybody who was anybody was there. They stood Peter and John in the middle of the room and grilled them: “Who put you in charge here? What business do you have doing this?”

8-12 With that, Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, let loose: “Rulers and leaders of the people, if we have been brought to trial today for helping a sick man, put under investigation regarding this healing, I’ll be completely frank with you—we have nothing to hide. By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the One you killed on a cross, the One God raised from the dead, by means of his name this man stands before you healthy and whole. Jesus is ‘the stone you masons threw out, which is now the cornerstone.’ Salvation comes no other way; no other name has been or will be given to us by which we can be saved, only this one.”

13-14 They couldn’t take their eyes off them—Peter and John standing there so confident, so sure of themselves! Their fascination deepened when they realized these two were laymen with no training in Scripture or formal education. They recognized them as companions of Jesus, but with the man right before them, seeing him standing there so upright—so healed!—what could they say against that?

I thought this photo quote related perfectly to this Scripture in Acts 4 because so many times people can overlook the miracles because they question your authority to perform them. Or question your belief in God because it isn’t something you can see with Earthly eyes. But over time there are things that happen that cannot be explained. As Christians we can accomplish anything through the Holy Spirit and we see this clearly when Peter addresses those who doubt. “By means of His name” the name of Jesus miraculous things happen. Jesus didn’t stay dead. He was miraculously brought back to life and that power still works today. It is the only way we can be healed and the only way we can be saved. And the cool part is, we don’t need to be experts. We don’t need to be formally trained in Scripture or highly educated by the world’s standards. As long as we stay close companions of Jesus–what could anyone say against us?

 

Photo Credit: www.christianbook.com

 

 

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