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.
5 The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is
“‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.’[a]
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 16 “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.”
We can get a pretty good idea what Jesus said. Look what his followers said. Look at the trouble they got into for proclaiming him and his resurrection, just after healing somebody. There’s a myth that purports the early followers couldn’t decide who Jesus was. If that is true, it sure didn’t last long with a bunch of them who were out running around grabbing every human being they could find to preach Christ is risen.
You know what is goofy? Those brothers and sisters described in ACTS were on fire and if you don’t know Him, if you’ve never known what it is like to have been touched and indwelt by God Almighty, I guess you can’t pick up on their excitement. They were gushing with His Presence in their lives. They had never known anything like what was happening inside of them. They didn’t know anyone who had undergone the birth from above–except each other. A whole new bright and beautiful world was living inside them–Jesus. GOD was inside them. They couldn’t contain themselves. Don’t you see? Can’t anyone see what was going on in them and for them?
Goodness gracious, it is hard for me to know what people are missing out on, when He is right here! Right Now! Waiting to answer your prayers to dine with him. To get to know him. What do you lose? Dear GOD!