Sunday 9 February, 2020

Acts 4:1-4

4 The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. 2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3 They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. 4 But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.

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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