Sunday 19 June, 2016

Acts 4:1-4

4 Peter and John were speaking to the people. The priests, the captain of the temple guard, and the Sadducees came up to the apostles. 2 They were very upset by what the apostles were teaching the people. The apostles were saying that people can be raised from the dead. They said this can happen because Jesus rose from the dead. 3 So the temple authorities arrested Peter and John. It was already evening, so they put them in prison until the next day. 4 But many who heard the message believed. The number of men who believed grew to about 5,000.

Peter and John were sharing the message that through Jesus is the resurrection of the dead. This was met with great opposition from the religious leaders at that time. These religious leaders had much influence in their community. There was a cost to sharing this message – an overnight stay in jail! Nonetheless many people, thousands in fact believed the message Peter and John shared.

I am encouraged to share the message of Jesus and the eternal hope I have in Him. It may not be politically correct and it may well stir people up. The message of Jesus Christ is still contentious today, perhaps increasingly so, there will be opposition and a price to be paid. The point is that many people believed the message Peter and John shared and their lives were transformed. We need to keep telling people about Jesus because some of them will believe too! I am challenged afresh to tell people about Jesus.

Dear God, help us to boldly share the message of Jesus Christ like the early disciples Peter and John. Help us to push through opposition in the hope of seeing others come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Amen

Written by Ps. Ainslie Woods

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