Acts 4:13-20 NKJV
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.” So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
Acts 4:13-20 MSG
They couldn’t take their eyes off them—Peter and John standing there so confident, so sure of themselves! Their fascination deepened when they realized these two were laymen with no training in Scripture or formal education. They recognized them as companions of Jesus, but with the man right before them, seeing him standing there so upright—so healed!—what could they say against that? They sent them out of the room so they could work out a plan. They talked it over: “What can we do with these men? By now it’s known all over town that a miracle has occurred, and that they are behind it. There is no way we can refute that. But so that it doesn’t go any further, let’s silence them with threats so they won’t dare to use Jesus’ name ever again with anyone.” They called them back and warned them that they were on no account ever again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John spoke right back, “Whether it’s right in God’s eyes to listen to you rather than to God, you decide. As for us, there’s no question—we can’t keep quiet about what we’ve seen and heard.”
You’ve heard more and seen more than you give yourself credit for.
1) WE NEED PEOPLE WHO ARE CONFIDENT IN CHRIST. Peter and John weren’t cocky and arrogant; their confidence wasn’t in what they could do, BUT! in what Jesus could and did do.
• When you get a revelation of the power of God you will say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” • They had so much confidence because they had seen Jesus have so much success. And success breeds confidence. • We serve a God who has an impeccable track record: people lost will be found, the blind will see, unbelievers will believe, et cetera.
God has NEVER lost a match. • The guy in this story who was healed was sick for 40 years.
2) THE NAME OF JESUS IS IRRESISTIBLE. The world wants to be loud about what’s wrong and quiet on what’s right. • Be loud for Jesus. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. Don’t be quiet about what’s right. • Our product sells so much so that the pressure is never on you, it was a finished work on the cross.
Peter and John had seen it all and heard it all: blind people see, lame people get up, dead people get up, Jesus hang out with the most notorious of sinners... • In spite of our humanity, we still get another chance. The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. He gives us grace.
• Peter denies Jesus 3 times and goes back to his old lifestyle. Jesus gives him grace. • Acts 1 – Jesus tells them that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on them. • Acts 2 – They’re worshipping Jesus and the Holy Spirit comes upon them. The next day, Peter preaches and 3,000 people get saved. • Acts 4 – Peter and John see a lame person outside of church and perform a miracle that heals him.
3) WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN & WHAT HAVE YOU HEARD?
Jeremiah 20:9 NKJV
Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not.
[Chad tells a story about a friend, Pastor Jude, who he asked to pray for Chris Durso’s son when he was very sick in the hospital. Pastor Jude told Chris a story about his friend’s son who was also deathly ill and got healed by Jesus as well. Then he prayed for Chris’s son.]
The presence of God abides on the ark of the testimony. • Tell your story and other people’s story. Don’t be quiet about what you’ve seen and heard.