The story so far…
Peter and John encounter a man lame from birth who was placed daily at the temple gate to beg for money. Peter and John healed him by the power of the Holy Spirit and it finishes with Peter speaking to the onlookers who were astonished by the miracle.
Reading: Acts 4
In chapter 4 we pick up where we left off: Having seen the miracle the religious leaders, High Priest and other leaders were amazed, confused and angry because this miracle would bring about faith in Jesus among the people, which is something they didn’t want.
Disturbed by what Peter and John had done; in preaching Christ, His resurrection and healing the lame man, the authorities had them thrown in prison. Next morning they were brought before the religious leaders who demanded an answer; “By what power or what name did you do this?”
Peter took the opportunity to preach a mini, but powerful and profound sermon in verses 8-12.
However it is verse 13 that I want to focus on:
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realised they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
It was noticeable that these men had been with Jesus.
Time spent with Jesus changes the way we go about our daily lives, we speak, act and think differently, we operate on a new level.
Before Peter and John had encountered Jesus they wouldn’t have thought of healing someone, but after time with Jesus their faith had gone to new levels and they saw opportunities they wouldn’t have seen before.
When you spend time with Jesus is it noticeable?
I encourage you today to spend time with Jesus, as it’s time with Him that leads us to new levels.
Contributed by Ps Sophie