Monday, May 28, 2018

Acts 4: 1 – 12 (NKJV)

Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, 2being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand. 5And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, 6as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?” 8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: 9If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ 12Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Peter in Chapter 3, had taken the opportunity of the miracle to present Christ to people as the Messiah and the One who heals. Here in Chapter 4, Peter and John were arrested and kept in the prison. When Peter observed that the people who witnessed the miraculous act had already taken them to be what they were not, he quickly took it as a platform to make known the original miracle worker; Jesus Christ. When they were questioned and challenged that by what power, or by whose name they did it, Peter did not see this as an avenue to project his own name as many will do today. He did not say it was by the power of prayer – ‘I have prayed in the upper room.’ He rather revealed the truth about Christ the Messiah. When you give God the glory you have the blessing.

The testimony that conquers the devil and draws men into the throne of grace is the one centred on Christ as the Author, not the one that is self-centred. Learn from Peter and Paul in Acts 14:8-18 as they seized every opportunity to witness Christ to people.

Prayer: Lord, deliver me from the sin of self-glorification in Jesus’ name. Amen.