1 Kings 2:1-3:3; Acts 5:1-42; Psalm 125:1-5; Proverbs16:25-26
What a scene!
The disciples, by the Spirit’s power, healed all who were brought to them. They proclaimed the power of God through the Risen and Ascended Lord Jesus Christ the healing of diseases and the forgiveness of sins.
And–the officials–the high priest and the Saduccess–liked it NOT ONE BIT–especially that it was happening under their own temple roof. Their “Jesus” problem had not been erased with the crucifixion.
What to do? What to do?
Tell them to shut up!
Problem with the “bad boys”–the disciples– they served a higher authority. They served the God of Heaven and Earth who sent His Son to save mankind. “We must obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29
The “bad boys” wouldn’t stop–couldn’t stop–“teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.” Acts 5:29
Reflecting on the conundrum of obeying earthly authority vs. God’s commands another “bad boy”, Martin Luther, wrote: “One of these two things has to happen; either the word of God will abide and conquer them, or at least they will be unable to suppress it, even if they refuse to accept all its grace and goodness and salvation.”
The “bad boys” throughout history have been right. The Word of God continues to change lives. It has not been stilled!
Lord God, give us courage to speak your Word, your Truth, in the face of opposition. Give us the ability to do so with grace, love and humility. Thank you for the witness of Peter and the other “bad boys” who never wavered under pressure. Continue to grow your Church through the preaching of your Good News. For Jesus’ sake we pray, Amen.
“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken, but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore.” Psalm 125:1-2