The priests and Sadducees arrested Peter and John as recorded in Acts 4:1-12 because they didn’t want the followers of Christ to gain even more followers. Peter had healed a crippled beggar through faith in Jesus and their numbers were growing because people were convinced more and more that Christ was who He had said He was; the Son of God who promised the power of the Holy Spirit for His followers.
Peter and John were put in jail and the next day they were questioned by the rulers, the elders, and the teachers of the law. Peter told them five things about Jesus Christ:
- Through the power of Jesus, the crippled beggar was healed
- He told the audience that they had crucified Jesus
- God raised Jesus from the dead
- Jesus is the stone that builders rejected which is now the cornerstone
- Salvation is found in no one else except Jesus Christ
Each of these things Peter told required a boldness given by the Holy Spirit for he was proclaiming Christ as the Savior to the group that had crucified Him. Peter knew that by testifying about Jesus, He put his own life at risk.
There may be times when we need to tell it like it is to those that may disagree with us and stop trying to be so politically correct to those who are just wrong. If we don’t stand for something, it might come back and make us look like the ones that are wrong. This day with you Lord, fill us with the Holy Spirit so we boldly stand up to testify about Jesus. Help us to make wise decisions and receive the boldness given by the Holy Spirit. Amen!