The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing right there among them, there was nothing the council could say. So they ordered Peter and John out of the council chamber and conferred among themselves.
I love what verse 13 says: “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.”
I love the correlation between being with Jesus and boldness. The two go and hand-in-hand. If I want boldness and courage in my life, I need to be known as someone that has spent time “being” with Jesus. I personally find it so comforting that they are known as ordinary men, and like them, I don’t have to be superhuman for God to use me. How often do we fall into the lie that in order to be effective for God we need to be “extraordinary?”
Yes, so true! I really love this. Peter and John are just regular dudes. Everyone in this story knew it could only be by being with Jesus — and by being filled with his Holy Spirit — that they were capable of these things. It serves as a such a cool way to glorify God, it literally could not be their own doing!
I know I have fallen into that lie before, that I need to be perfect or brilliant in order to live and carry out God’s work — but that is just not true. We don't have to be extraordinary. It is our relationship with Jesus that makes all the difference. It's by knowing Him and by the power of the Holy Spirit that great works are truly done.