What I read today;
2 John & 3 John; Acts 3-4; Habakkuk 1-2; Proverbs 19; Ecclesiastes 9; Deuteronomy 22
In Acts 4, Peter and John are put in jail after healing a crippled man. Doesn’t sound like something that should get someone put in prison, does it? Yet that’s precisely what happens.
Then the really good news comes. Peter and John are dragged in front of the very same Jewish high council that condemned Jesus to death.
Then something interesting happens. The very same Peter, who denied Christ three times, and John who ran and hid while Jesus was being slandered and crucified, defied the Jewish High Council.
In verse 12, they preached The Gospel to the high council, and in verses 18-20 they refused to follow the orders of that very same council.
One of the theories put forth to debunk Jesus resurrection is that the disciples stole his body and lied about his resurrection. I have to ask a question. Are these the actions of men lying? Would a person who knows what he is saying is not accurate stand in front of a group of men who could potentially have them killed and proclaim that Jesus is the Messiah? Seriously?
Human nature should kick in at that point and force the men to try and save their own skin. Even more impressive is that both men are sticking to their story. Neither one cracks, in spite of threats of violence and jail.
Something has changed in these men. A monumental event has occurred, giving these men the strength and courage to proclaim the Gospel.
They saw Jesus resurrected. There is no other explanation. The holy spirit set them on fire, but the truth is that they saw Jesus walking the face of the earth after he was dead and gone. Nothing else can explain the change.
Let me ask you a question. Have you seen Jesus? Are you living like you know that the savior is standing right beside you? Do you hear him whispering in your ear?
If you do then let yourself be caught on fire for God today!