Acts 4:13- When they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were illiterate and uneducated men, they marveled. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.
Having encountered a man who was lame from birth who that was daily placed at the entrance of the temple gate called 'Beautiful" to beg for money in Acts 3, Peter and John healed Him by the power of the Holy Spirit with these profound words "I have no silver and gold, but I give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk."
Now having strength where there was none, the man that was once lame started walking, jumping and praise God for he was now able to walk.
This man no longer had a need to depend on others for what had needed. God had performed a miracle in his life through the power of the Holy Spirit by His disciples, therefore, this man was now able to work for a living and not beg for a living.
Having seen the miracle that had been performed in this man that the religious leaders knew was lame from birth, the religious leaders, the High Priest, Caiaphas and others leaders were amazed, confused and angry because this miracle would indeed bring about faith in Jesus among the people, which these religious leaders definitely did not want to happen.
Being very disturbed by what Peter and John had done in preaching Jesus Christ and His resurrection and healing this lame man, the authorities had them thrown in prison and on the next morning brought Peter and John before the religious leaders whocommanded that they give an answer as to "“By what power or by what name have you done this?”
Peter seized the moment and took the opportunity to preach a mini sermon to them with these powerful and profound words.
Let's listen to Acts 4:8-12 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: 9 If we today are being examined concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, how this man has been healed,10 be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands before you whole.
11 He is‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ 12 There is no salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Having being cut to the core of their hearts through the Word of God spoken by God through Peter, these religious leaders marveled because they now realized that these men whom they considered to be "ignorant and uneducated" were men who had been with Jesus"
GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!!!
What has your witnessing about Jesus Christ and His resurrection caused others to say about you?
Can they truly say that they now have faith in Christ based on what they heard spoken out of your mouth about Christ?
Can they say that they believe that Jesus paid the penalty for their sin debt at Calvary and that there is nothing they have to do but “confess and believe in Him” based on what was spoken about Him out of your mouth from the Word of God?
What have you said lately about Jesus that has convinced others that you have “been with Jesus”?
Can others tell that you had been with Jesus by the boldness that is seen in and through you? If you are confessing Him, they should.
Peter and John had a "boldness" that was evident of their relationship with Jesus.
Peter and John stood bold before these murderers who had crucified Jesus weeks prior and concluded the Gospel message with these words of conviction.
Let’s listen: "this Jesus whom you crucified, this Jesus whom God raise from the dead is the ONLY ONE in whom you can and will ever find salvation for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
Having gone about doing what you are commanded to do on a daily basis in being a witness for Christ Jesus, can others tell that you have been with Jesus? If not, it is time to get in his presence through prayer and study of His Word.
If you had been in the presence of the Lord, there will be evidence. Peter and John are proof.
There is no better place to go than in the presence of the Lord. Take the time out and go to that place on today with God and I promise you thatyou will indeed keep going back to that place of everlasting love, joy, peace, hope and comfort.