Acts 4:13 When they saw THE COURAGE of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and TOOK NOTE that these men HAD BEEN WITH JESUS.
Something is in my heart today and I don’t know how to put it in words. But I will try. Let’s put some meat into the skeleton. Here is Peter and John, the disciples of Jesus going to the temple for prayers. Before they enter, they meet a crippled beggar who asks them for alms. And no…they HAVE NO silver nor gold. But, they offer to give him what THEY HAVE….JESUS. Moments later, the man stands up…HEALED. The crowd is ecstatic with astonishment. But Peter quickly redirects their attention to the ONE who has power to heal – JESUS
After talking to the crowd, Peter and John proceed into the temple, where they farther speak to the people about the resurrection of the dead. The Sadducees become alarmed and seized Peter and John. After a night in the jail, the following day, they are brought before the SANHEDRIN…that is…before a council of judges for questioning. And right there and then, in the most difficult situation and with the full knowledge that this might be their last chance, Peter opened his mouth. Oh no. He did not try to defend his cause, neither deny it. Peter, filled with the HOLY SPIRIT, spoke up and proclaimed the NAME OF JESUS, the one whom they had crucified but God had raised from the dead. Yes…JESUS HAD HEALED the crippled beggar. And yes…SALVATION was only possible in HIS NAME.
But beyond their words…and the witness of healing….the Sanhedrin saw something else in the disciples; COURAGE…FEARLESS COURAGE. These men were unschooled…had no high learning; they were just ordinary…had no position in the city. Yet…they spoke with authority…which reminded them of someone who had been among them not long before. Yes…Jesus’ memory was still fresh on their minds. They TOOK NOTE that Peter and John HAD BEEN WITH JESUS. In other words, the same FEARLESS COURAGE they had witnessed in Jesus was now evident in his disciples. And to their greatest surprise…and of course dismay, they realized that even though JESUS was no longer in their midst, HE HAD LEFT BEHIND ONE OF HIS KIND. In so many ways, they RESEMBLED their teacher.
Have you been with Jesus lately? Are people around you taking note that you have been in fellowship with Him? Do you have fearless courage when faced with difficult situations?
These are questions that each believer in the Lord must ask themselves honestly. Remember…beyond spoken words, OUR LIVES should be OUR GREATEST WITNESSES.
Rise up friend!