Reading – Acts 4:1-22
Today’s reading narrated Peter and John’s ordeal with the elders of council as they shared the gospel with the people. The elders of council and the Sadducees were annoyed because the disciples preached in the name of Jesus. They were imprisoned after they were caught saying Jesus died and had resurrected. However, many received the word and believed.
The disciples were brought before the assembly of the elders, asking them the power or name they did the miracles; Peter been filled with the Holy Spirit said they did all the miracles in name of Jesus Christ who they crucified and whom God raised from the dead. He further explained to them that there is no name where any man could be saved except the name of Jesus Christ. Having heard all these, a debate amongst the elders ensued, they were later warned not to further spread the name of Jesus amongst the people and the nation. They were released and couldn’t do them any harm because the miracle was obvious for all and the disciples were adamant on obeying God rather than men.
The name of Jesus brings obvious results that the world cannot deny it. We do not need to be scared to use that name, rather confidence should rise in us because we know we will always testify.
I have faith in the name of Jesus and am not afraid to declare it.
Peter and John Before the Sanhedrin
4 The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. 2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.3 They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. 4 But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.
5 The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then 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. 11 Jesus is
“‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.’[a]
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
13 When 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. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 16 “What are we going to do with these men?”they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.”
18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.
- Acts 4:11 Psalm 118:22