(1-22) Peter and John Before the Council
When Jesus was on earth, all those who were of the high-priestly family could not stand it when He healed sick people or raised the dead. Now that Jesus is gone and the apostles are carrying on His work, the high-priestly family cannot stand them either. Even though they are facing hostile inquirers, Peter and John do not hesitate to mention the name of Christ who has given them power to do greater works.
What a remarkable transformation! The man who once denied Christ three times, now boldly proclaims that salvation can be found in no one else but Him alone. The newfound boldness of Peter and John shocked the high-priestly family, and caused them to recognize that the two had been with Jesus. Despite being warned not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus, Peter and John replied that they could not help but speak of what they have seen and heard. They had personally experienced the power and love of Jesus the Christ, and they could not keep quiet about it. Are others able to recognize that we have been with Jesus because of our boldness and fearlessness in Him?
Favorite verse: (11) This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.