Act 4 – Scene 1
This is a massively encouraging passage for anyone who thinks they are not smart enough, don’t know enough or just couldn’t speak about Jesus either to those who confront you or those people who you know.
Having just seen the lame man healed in and through the name of Jesus, and Peter seen the crowds response he proclaimed the message of life found in Christ Jesus. Peter and John got arrested and put in custody until the next day.
Again amazing results occurred from the bold proclamation of the gospel, verse 4 states that it was about 5000! In a previous post I mentioned that we may need to re-think how we communicate the gospel but the message of Jesus is powerful. We must be confident in the good news and Jesus power to save.
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”
Filled with the Holy Spirit Peter confronts his opponents and they are astounded as they are uneducated, common men! Once we realize boldness in witnessing to the resurrection of Jesus and his transformation in our lives is not about intellect but by being filled with the Holy Spirit who enables a real and living relationship with Jesus. They may have been uneducated but they had been with Jesus. When their opponents said this it was in recognition of that fact that they had literally been with Jesus just a number of weeks before this recorded event.
The key factor in sharing our faith is in being with Jesus. While we may not physically be in the presence of Jesus by the Holy Spirit he is constantly with us, in our best and worst moments. While it is important that we carve out time to read and pray it vital that we develop a life of prayer and practice the presence of Jesus in all our life.
“When it is natural for us to talk to Jesus, it will be natural for us to talk about him.”
Boldness is a result of sweet fellowship with Jesus through the Holy Spirit who reveals Jesus to us, as we grow in confidence of the resurrection power of Jesus at work in us bringing forth eternal life, we will also grow in boldness. Trust him!
Peter and John on their release went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and elders had said to them. They then all prayed this prayer…
And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,
“Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed— for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
Maybe you could pray this prayer for yourself and other Christians you know.
Things you can do, get to know Jesus, by developing a habit of prayer and Bible reading (if you have an iphone, android or another kind of smart phone, you can get great bible apps such as this one http://www.youversion.com/mobile). Write out what Jesus had done for you and how you are changing because of Jesus. Seeing it in black and white can help it sink in!
Develop relationship first with Jesus through prayer and you’ll become unstoppable in wanting to talk about him with others.