Speak the Truth
While Peter and John were speaking to the people, they were confronted by the priests, the captain of the Temple guard, and some of the Sadducees. These leaders were very disturbed that Peter and John were teaching the people that through Jesus there is a resurrection of the dead. They arrested them and, since it was already evening, put them in jail until morning. But many of the people who heard their message believed it, so the number of men who believed now totaled about 5,000. The next day the council of all the rulers and elders and teachers of religious law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, along with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and other relatives of the high priest. They brought in the two disciples and demanded, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead.”
Acts of the Apostles 4:1-10 NLT
There was a miraculous healing of a man who has been crippled for 40 years. People are excited and stirred up. But the leaders are “very disturbed.” The leaders were disturbed because Peter and John were preaching that Jesus rose from the dead.
Persecution will often follow the declaration of truth. Religious people don’t want to know the truth; they want to keep things as they are. Don’t rock the boat. Just keep doing our traditions and practices the way we always have.
Peter and John were arrested. The next day they were brought before the religious leaders for a trial. Peter stood to speak, and the author notes he was “filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Jesus had promised His followers that the Spirit would be their Teacher and Guide and give them words to speak when needed. This is proof that the Spirit can direct our words when we give Him an opportunity.
Peter’s words are powerful and full of truth. “He was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead.” You killed Him, but God raised Him from the dead.
There is power in the name of Jesus. Jesus had promised that if we abide in Him, we can ask anything in His name, and it will be done. This is not some magical formula to get our dreams fulfilled. To ask in Jesus’ name means we agree with what God wants to do. We are simply speaking God’s will over a particular situation.
There were possibly many beggars at the Temple gate. But Peter discerned by the Holy Spirit this one lame man was a candidate for a miracle. The Holy Spirit gave Peter a word of knowledge, the gift of faith, and the gift of healing to speak into this man the will of God. While on trial, that same Spirit empowered Peter to speak boldly—the same Peter who 40 days earlier denied to a servant girl that he even knew Jesus.
When we invite the Holy Spirit into our lives, there is a release of boldness and truth.
Holy Spirit, give me the boldness I need to speak Your truth. Help me to be sensitive to what You want to do in me and through me.
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