13 The leaders saw how bold Peter and John were. They also realized that Peter and John were ordinary men with no training. This surprised the leaders. They realized that these men had been with Jesus. 14 The leaders could see the man who had been healed. He was standing there with them. So there was nothing they could say. 15 They ordered Peter and John to leave the Sanhedrin. Then they talked things over. 16 “What can we do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed an unusual miracle. We can’t say it didn’t happen. 17 We have to stop this thing. It must not spread any further among the people. We have to warn these men. They must never speak to anyone in Jesus’ name again.” 18 Once again the leaders called in Peter and John. They commanded them not to speak or teach at all in Jesus’ name. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right from God’s point of view? Should we listen to you? Or should we listen to God? You be the judges! 20 There’s nothing else we can do. We have to speak about the things we’ve seen and heard.” 21 The leaders warned them again. Then they let them go. They couldn’t decide how to punish Peter and John. They knew that all the people were praising God for what had happened. 22 The man who had been healed by the miracle was over 40 years old.
Two things stand out for me. Both from vs 13.
#1. They were ordinary men. Nothing special, nothing unusual, nothing that would normally make them stand out from the crowd. Except #2. The authorities recognized that they had been with Jesus.
What gave that away? The way they talked? Their boldness or their words? The signs or miracles? The result of having been with Jesus was that people recognised that they had been with Jesus by the way they spoke, their actions etc. Time spent with Jesus influenced their behaviour.
So I ask myself, what do my actions tell others about who I have been spending time with? Are my actions and language of faith? Or are they actions of doubt, fear, worry etc. When I’m not spending time with Jesus it shows. I worry, I doubt, and I fear. But when I spend time with Jesus, my fears and worry go, and faith replaces doubt.
Spend more time with Jesus, time in His Word, time with the Holy Spirit and we become more like him and the people will recognise that we have been with Jesus.
Lord Jesus, as I spend more time with you in your Word, let the presence of the Holy Spirit change me, from inside out, so that people will recognise that I spend time with you.
Written by Andrew Martin