Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, 9 are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
It’s fascinating how the quiet healing of a lame man outside the Gate Beautiful turned into a very public uproar in the Temple, once all learned of his healing. And isn’t striking that the healing was so momentous that it required Peter to stand up and preach, in Acts 3? So, by Acts 4, we see Peter and John arrested and interrogated by the religious council. I am struck by the fact that Jesus did not save them from persecution, but He used the persecution to save them from fear and intimidation—for He filled them with boldness.
How do you see Jesus saving Peter and John from fear in this passage, such that they continued to boldly announce Jesus’ Gospel?
So good! I love it because the evidence of God’s power actually enabled them to be bold in the face of opposition. So, too, can we carry that same spirit of boldness that they did. Jesus saves us from fear in that He opens our eyes to His power. And I mean, Peter and John saw a miracle done in the name of Jesus. They also recognized that if the name of Jesus is powerful to heal a lame man from birth, so too is the power of Jesus able to give us boldness in the midst of persecution.
The same power from Jesus that heals, that raises the dead, that rescues us from sin, that same power is in us by the Holy Spirit!